In 2014, Hope Scarves expanded its mission beyond scarves and stories to fully embrace the meaning of living with hope while facing cancer when our founder, Lara MacGregor, was diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic breast cancer.
While this news rocked our world, it also strengthened our organization. At Hope Scarves, we know words are powerful. It’s the very essence of our mission- to share encouragement with others. That’s why we no longer talk about “beating cancer,” but of living life over cancer.
It’s also why we invest in MBC research. Scarves and stories are inspiring, beautiful, and a practical resource when facing cancer, but they aren’t going to save anyone’s life. If we are truly going to live out our vision to “change the way people experience cancer” then we also have to be part of trying to solve the problem.
In 2015 , we established a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund to broaden how we bring hope to people facing cancer.
We’ve held the trembling hands of women during never ending MBC treatments, we’ve cried when treatment options don’t work, and helped navigate end of life care. We’ve carried the ashes of our friends. We’ve lost more friends than we can remember. We’re mad as hell that there aren’t more treatment options. We’re sick of watching our friends die.
We know light shines brightest in the darkness. So, we persevere.