Gems of Hope
Gems of Hope is most known for the “gifts of hope” program. Volunteers handcraft cards and gifts of beaded earrings and bookmarks. The cards, which can also include serenity circles and stones, are given to cancer patients as they receive chemo. Over 650 gifts are given out in the Corridor each month. Gems also reaches the youth through its What About Us? kids camp for kids learning to deal with a cancer diagnosis in their family; scholarships for high school seniors through the “Gifts of Education;” a Pages for Hope Library program supports local schools by supplying cancer related resources for a districts various libraries; and a web portal for teens called cancerreallysucks.org.