Who we are...
We are a group of family and friends that have been affected by breast cancer in a variety of ways.
We believe in the power of HOPE--Having Only Positive Expectations.
We are survivors, we are caregivers, we are husbands, we are sisters, we are daughters, we are nieces, we are cousins, we are friends...all with a common goal.
Why we are...
We are named "HOPE 4 Nichole" in honor of Nichole Garner...
"When I was in my 20's my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I began fundraising for research and awareness, as we had lost my grandmother when I was a little girl.
At 35, I felt a lump in my left breast, and I just knew what it meant. A couple of weeks later my biggest fear was confirmed, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn't understand why this had happened to me, after all I had done to raise money for breast cancer it just didn't seem fair. After all, I had two young kids at home. Then I became even more passionate about the cause, especially the importance of early diagnosis with self breast exams and mammograms.
Four and a half years later in January of 2015, I was diagnosed for the second time with breast cancer as a result of my regular mammogram. I found myself again asking, "How could this be?? WHY?"
Following this diagnosis an incredible group of women joined forces to walk in the Avon 39 as "HOPE 4 Nichole" to show their love and support to a cause that was important to me. They raised an astonishing amount of money and rallied our community to further spread awareness and stress the importance of knowing your body.
Out of that group came our vision to continue supporting those in our community facing a breast cancer diagnosis, and HOPE 4 Nichole became a non-profit organization in the fall of 2016. Over the last 8 years I have met so many incredible people that have been touched by breast cancer. HOPE 4 Nichole has done so much good for our community, and I am so very proud of the work that continues."
During her surgery recovery, Nichole wore a Jacki Jacket® which she, as well as the doctors and nurses loved! HOPE 4 Nichole's first project was to provide the Jacki Jacket® program to Anne Arundel Medical Center (where Nichole received treatments) for mastectomy patients to use.
We are proud to be called "HOPE 4 Nichole", and we are very proud of our namesake.