Hope in Bloom
I came across an uplifting story recently about an organization with the wonderful name, Hope in Bloom, a nonprofit that plants gardens for breast-cancer patients.
Linda (Bosse) Charron is getting a reminder of how she won her fight against breast cancer right outside her home. In 2007, the lifelong Easton resident was enjoying her young daughter Jillian, now 21/2 years old, along with her husband, Joseph, and their son, Jared, now 7.
But a routine annual exam four months after her daughter was born showed she had malignant invasive ductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer. Charron, who graduated from Oliver Ames High School in 1987, faced surgery, five months of chemotherapy and more reconstructive surgery.
While she was going through treatment, Charron’s friend submitted her name to Hope in Bloom, a nonprofit organization that plants gardens for breast-cancer patients. “I am constantly reminded of (the cancer),” Charron said. “Now I’m going to look outside my window and think how beautiful the garden is and how good it makes me feel. I’ll be reminded I triumphed over cancer.”
Hope in Bloom founder Roberta Hershon said the gardens reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and increase serotonin levels in the body. “The combination makes people more receptive to medical intervention,” Hershon said.
A landscape architect consulted with Charron and designed the garden consisting of arborvitae, butterfly bushes, and perennial and annual flowers. It is being built free of charge.
Gardens typically cost $1,500 to design and build and are all privately funded, according to Hershon. Cherron’s garden was built with the help of Baker’s Landscaping Inc. of Norton. Workers will remove the grass and dig the larger holes for some of the trees.
“We’re going to go in and do the gorilla work for them,” said Aaron Donnelly of the landscape company. “It speeds their day up.”
Donnelly said owner Chris Baker is a cancer survivor, so the prospect of doing the work for another survivor appealed to him.
The remaining digging, planting, and fertilizing will be done with a crew of volunteers from many different towns.
While Charron enjoys gardening and working in her yard, her garden from Hope in Bloom took two years to be built because the organization does not have the funds to build gardens for all requests that come in.
Hershon said those deemed most sick get gardens first and then the organization works down the list of requests even if someone has finished treatment since they first applied like Charron. While 60 gardens have been built since Hope in Bloom formed in 2007, there are still 100 names on a waiting list.
Because she has completed most of her treatment Charron said she almost felt not worthy to receive the donated garden.
“My husband said, ‘you did go through it,’” Charron said. “My friend knew this was something that would make me happy. This is a really neat thing.”
Source: Enterprise News
I LOVE this idea!! What a wonderful Gift to give, lasting, beautiful, soothing!! I’m with Milly~thank you Marie for finding this and sharing it with all of us! You are so amazing for sharing your Gifts with us! You comfort and inspire with this blog and simply by Being exactly who you ARE!! TwisterLove!!
What a great organisation! Thank you for sharing another eye-opener. You are amazing and I thank you for all you do, keep up the fight. I will try to keep up with you and fight alongside you! Big hug, Annemieke
what a wonderfully uplifting story – i am a huge believer in the power of nature to heal – thanks for posting and thanks for all that you do for the cancer community with your blog – you are inspiration
What an awesome way to help others in need! Thanks for sharing this info. I must pass it along to my friend who is an amazing gardener herself.
Dear JBBC and others who read & responded:
I was searching for something else and stumbled across this blog. Thank you for posting information about Hope in Bloom. The more people who know about us, the faster we can grow and plant gardens for everyone who requests on in MA and eventually across the country.
To all of you in treatment, please do not take this journey alone. There are lots of resources to help you through the difficult times. I see miracles every day and wish every one of you the best.
Hope in Bloom
Hi Roberta – always happy to promote something so positive and life affirming. Please feel free to send any updates my way for inclusion in the future.
lovely idea – thanks for sharing with us
I love the name Hope in Bloom 🙂
enjoyed reading this