So, Lara created Hope Scarves in 2012 as a way to capture these beautiful stories and encourage others. The program started in her spare bedroom with her toddler volunteer by her side, sending out 2-3 Hope Scarves a week. Today Hope Scarves is a bustling office of volunteers and staff, sending over 75 scarves a week all around the world. Hope Scarves has sent over 17,000 scarves to every state and 26 countries, to people facing over 90 different types of cancer. The oldest recipient is 97 and the youngest, 6 months. The Hope Scarf Collection, which changes constantly, contains over 23,000 scarves and over 1,700 stories.
After almost 7 years in remission, Lara faces cancer again. She was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer in January 2014. Lara started Hope Scarves to spread hope, which she holds onto now more than ever.
To share her story and create deeper connection through adversity Lara started My Hopeful Life as an extension of Hope Scarves. She explains, “Hope Scarves is my hands. My Hopeful Life is my heart.” Visit My Hopeful Life to read Lara’s blog, watch the film, listen to her podcast, invite Lara to be a speaker and more.
Embrace each day!
The Hope Scarves Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund was established in Lara’s honor in 2015. Hope Scarves designates a portion of each dollar for metastatic breast cancer research. Donors can give directly to this fund if they wish.