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Cancer Warrior Wednesday - Send a Heart of Hope Program

Back in June I posted a little love letter to an organization which is close to my heart. The mission of Interregnum, Inc., a grief support organization, is to help people learn to find life after loss. This month, in support of breast cancer awareness, Interregnum, Inc., is launching its Send a Heart of Hope program. 

The new program features beautiful, hand-painted ceramic hearts with a variety of inspirational messages. You can choose from the Breast Cancer Ribbon of Hope heart, or the Reflection, Hope Blooms, Hope Takes Flight, Soar or Inspiration hearts. Choose the design that speaks to you, fill in your personal card, and Interregnum will send your ribboned and gift-wrapped heart on its way. The cost of sending a heart is $25.00. All net funds raised are used to help fund Interregnum’s programs, including its successful Hearts of Hope community outreach program.

The devastation one can experience when receiving a diagnosis of cancer--or any life limiting illness--is a form of loss that often goes unacknowledged. Judith Pedersen, founder and executive director of Interregnum Inc., developed programs of support, education, and compassion for those facing life altering challenges.

It was through the Hearts of Hope program that I came to know Interregnum, Inc. The program engages community groups in the painting of ceramic hearts that are delivered free-of-charge to people transitioning through difficult times in their lives. Recipients have included patients in hospitals, cancer centers and hospices, the bereaved, and men and women in the military. More than 25,000 people have received these beautiful reminders of caring. I have two of these hearts and treasure the message they gave me during difficult times.

For the new Send a Heart of Hope initiative, artists from around the country graciously donated their painting talents to this worthwhile cause. Sue Macheska, Program Director of Hearts of Hope, is "hopeful that people will look forward to sending our hearts, knowing that they are supporting a great cause while bringing a spark of joy and beauty to someone who needs a lift!" 

To order a heart and learn more about Interregnum, Inc., visit the website and click on the Send a Heart of Hope button. This Cancer Warrior Wednesday, I'm so happy to feature the Send a Heart of Hope program because of my gratitude for the Hearts of Hope I received. If you have an organization you are particularly fond of, please share it with me and let me know what makes it special to you.