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 nearly 50 scarves a week all around the world. Hope Scarves has sent nearly 13,000 scarves to every state and 24 countries, to people facing over 90 different types of cancer. The oldest recipient is 97 and the youngest, 2. The Hope Scarf Collection, which changes constantly, contains over 15,000 scarves and over 1,200 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. You can follow Lara’s story on her blog, My Hopeful Life.
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.