About Hope Scarves

Founder, Lara MacGregor, with first scarf recipient, Roberta, in 2009. Diagnosed in their early 30’s with stage 2 breast cancer, both women progressed to metastatic, stage 4 breast cancer in their 40’s.  In 2019 Roberta died.   This is unacceptable.

Hope Scarves is an international non-profit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky. Our mission is to support people facing cancer through scarves, stories, and research.  Since our founding in 2012, we’ve grown exponentially and have affectionately become known as “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves.”

We collect scarves from around the world and stories from cancer survivors and pair them together to spread hope to others in treatment.  They are the tangible reminders there is light in the world.  They are our “now.”

In addition to scarves and stories, Hope Scarves has established a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund to support cutting edge researchers and clinical trials around the country.  The research is the push for change, and it is our “future.”  Research is key for improved treatment options and outcomes.

Katie – Terminally Joyful

Katie lives her life through a joy lens.  Not because her life is perfect.  But because it is fragile and precious.  As a metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patient she lives with immense uncertainty and the prospect of never ending treatments. Yet she isn’t letting this drag her into darkness.  She chooses to live her life […]

Hope Scarves Founder, Lara MacGregor launched My Hopeful Life as an extension of Hope Scarves in 2020.  This initiative, rooted in her personal story, started with her widely followed blog, My Hopeful Life.  And now includes a film, podcast, speaking engagements and one day, a book.   Living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer has given Lara a unique perspective on facing uncertainty, grounding oneself in gratitude and embracing each day.  Her vision & dedication to Hope Scarves is a powerful force for good in the world.   Follow along with My Hopeful Life as she expands the way we cultivate hope.