I love grass roots organizations that help people on an intimate level that a larger organization can’t. My brother is a volunteer coordinator in Madagascar, and I’ve seen the work that organizations like Go Jen Go, Cookies for Cancer and the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation do for the Charlotte Community. Cindy’s Hope Chest is another great organization, and one Chasing Checkers friend @Laurie_AR is involved with. Read what she has to say about this great group does, and the fundraiser they will have at this week’s Pink in the Rink!
In 2008 Cindy Summers was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Her husband was away on active duty in the military and she was home raising her three young girls so she knows first hand how breast cancer can turn your life upside down. Cindy remembers what the treatments make your body feel like, she knows the fears and uncertainties that you feel, and she remembers all of the support she had during her fight. After completing chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and radiation, Cindy knew she wanted to help others who were going through it too and Cindy’s Hope Chest was born.
Cindy’s Hope Chest is different than other organizations because it provides an intimate, more individualized service. CHC is not funded by any major corporations and relies solely on word of mouth and events like Pink in the Rink with the Checkers to bring in volunteers and donations. Living in the same town that CHC is in, I was drawn in the moment I met Cindy. Her faith, hope and goodness ooze out of her and make you want to be a part of something so special. Luckily she recognized my love of hockey oozing out of me and gave me the blessing of working with her so closely on such an amazing event. In spending time with Cindy, I have had the pleasure of getting to know her even better. I sit on the edge of my seat listening to her talk about “her girls” that she helps through CHC and how much she loves each and every one of them. She tells me of their success stories and about those who have passed, and how she still keeps up with all of her girls and their families.
In addition to helping one of her girls financially, Cindy offers services based on where they are in their lives. She provides child care and rides for women going to treatment. If they need their grass cut, she sends someone to cut their grass. If their child needs a ride to practice afterschool, she gets them a ride. If a woman needs some alone time with her husband, she sends them away. She finds out what they need and gets it to them. In addition to these services, Cindy offers counselling, emotional support and gives away wigs, bras and prosthesis free of charge to women who need them. It’s hard to put a description on what Cindy’s Hope Chest provides because there is no limit to what she would do for one of her girls.
To find out more about Cindy’s Hope Chest for help or to see how to get involved, people can visit cindyshopechest.org or call Cindy at (704) 529-2935. If you are coming to Pink in the Rink on February 7th, please be sure to stop by our table to meet Cindy and to bid on our great raffle prizes which include:
-Signed pucks from Brody Sutter, Justin Shugg, Matt Marquardt, Mike Murphy, Nic Blanchard, Chris Terry, and John Muse/Michal Jordan.
-Signed puck from Carolina Hurricane Tuomo Ruutu
-Team signed Checkers Mini Stick
-Tickets to a Checkers Game
-Checkers uncut team cards, signed (STH exclusive)
-Signed promotional Bud Ice jersey from Bruins Hall of Famer Johnny Bucyk
RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THESE ITEMS ARE $1 EACH/$10 FOR 15
AND Bobby Sanguinetti’s signed stick- TICKETS ARE $5EACH/5 FOR $25
For information on buying tickets to Pink in the Rink orraffle items, you can contact @Laurie_AR