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Gems Announces Scholarship Winners

Gems of Hope is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 “Gifts of Education” scholarships. The program is supported by grants, donations and fundraising efforts conducted by Gems of Hope and the Gems of Hope Youth Advisory Board. Gems awarded seven, $750.00 scholarships to area high school seniors. The recipients have been personally affected by cancer, meaning the student has been previously diagnosed with cancer or has had an immediate family member who has had cancer (sibling, mother, or father). The award winners include: Ryan Peterson         Linn-Mar High School Dillon Fawcett          Linn-Mar High School Annie Stevenson     Linn-Mar High School...

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Congratulations Beth Hammell!

Gems of Hope wants to congratulate one of our co-founders Beth Hammell, for being honored with the Talent and Leadership Award presented by Alpha Gamma Delta. She was selected as one of the first recipients of this distinction for her contribution to Health & Philanthropy. The candidates that received the award are alumnae members of the Fraternity that are recognized for their outstanding contributions and ability to make a positive impact of their community. We can proudly to say that Beth lives up to these characteristics with her involvement in community outreach. She continues to help others and serves our...

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Sunshine and Happiness Delivered March 11!

Gems of Hope will deliver happiness and sunshine on March 11th as its second annual Hope Blooms fundraising campaign comes to an end. This year Gems will deliver over 400 bouquets of daffodils to cancer patients in treatment in the area and over 300 Lion Hugs gifts to sick children being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Additionally nearly 2500 bunches of daffodils will be spread throughout the community as orders from local community members and businesses are filled. T-shirts and mini-potted daffodil plants were also part of the product suite offered by Gems, and those items...

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What About Us? Kids Camp, November 7, 2015

What About Us? will take place on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and is geared for kids ages 5-12 who have a cancer diagnosis in their family. What About Us? is a free, one day event designed is to build upon a child’s strengths and enhance his/her ability to identify and share their feelings related to a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.  The program has a unique format of also providing support and education for the parents so they may in-turn support the children at home.  Lunch is provided, along with fun activities and kids yoga. This group is led...

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