PurSue Hope



Since our inception in August 2011, PurSue Hope, through our Give One Get One program, has donated 124 purses (up from 33 at this time last year!) filled with gifts to women: 105 pink purses to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and an additional 19 purses for ladies going through other health concerns individually or within their families.  The above figures include 28 pink purses to The Gathering Place for their annual retreat in May 2013.  

October 1st, 2013 marked a huge step for PurSue Hope – our first official distribution of our pink purses to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer through the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, initially at the Chagrin Highlands location.  We are working toward distributing approximately 35 pink purses the first Tuesday of every month at this location.  Also, we donated 10 pink purses to the Pink Ladies of the Pink Carpet Gala October 19, 2013 through The JD Breast Cancer Foundation  (supporting women diagnosed under the age of 45 years old in the Cleveland area).   

This year has been very exciting in that we have formed many partnerships that have donated products to be included in our pink purses!  We have received so many heart-felt emails from the recipients of our pink purses, thanking us for reaching out to them, always as a surprise, and providentially so often at “just the right time”.  We have people who are passionate about PurSue Hope, both survivors and friends that have chosen to donate all of our pillowcases, wrapped with love and picked out specifically to bring a smile.  Arbonne International has donated 175 Lip Saver SPF 30 lip balms to us, as part of their desire to be as chemical free as possible complements PurSue Hope so well.  Fellow breast cancer survivors continue to knit chemo caps and mini prayer cloths to be included so the recipients know they are being prayed and cared for by those who understand the journey.

We are hopeful and prepared to provide khaki purses to women undergoing treatment for breast cancer at a military base in Fort Campbell, KY. A friend of PurSue Hope has been able to meet with these ladies again and hopes to deliver the khaki purses filled with our goodies during her next visit.  Many of these women have young children AND their husbands are either deployed or being deployed for the first time. 

We also have established a group of GOGO Girls (fellow breast cancer survivors) who are eager to distribute the pink purses and listen to, share with, and encourage women when they come in for their second round of chemo (having lost their hair between rounds one and two) or before her first radiation treatment, which is also a very scary, anxious and intimidating prospect.

With God’s help we will continue to do this on a much greater scale in 2014 and beyond. 

Susan Swiger

President, PurSue Hope

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