24 November 2020

Pink Sisters Share Hope

Pink Sisters Share Hope

Gratitude is often defined as being thankful and showing appreciation. The holidays are a natural time to express gratitude for others and I love that aspect of the holiday season. Yet the unexpected acts of gratitude can also create a lasting memory. I believe to have a grateful attitude is an important way to live a joyful life. Today I want to share a story of unexpected gratitude that touched my family’s heart recently and how Team National Hope is happy to keep helping others by providing hope and financial support.

In early 2020, a grant request came to Team National Hope from Platinum Ginger Jordan, a breast cancer survivor, to donate to a breast cancer support organization, Pink Sisters of Sabine. Pink Sisters is a non-profit charity that supports breast cancer patients in a variety of ways along their cancer journey. Team National Hope was happy to send them a donation in Ginger’s honor and to help them continue to help breast cancer survivors. Yet we did not know how personal that donation would become. In September 2020, Team National Hope co-founder and my mom, MaryLou Loehr, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I shared my mom’s diagnosis with Ginger Jordan as a friend and breast cancer survivor. I did not recall at that time, that months earlier Ginger had requested a donation for an organization she was passionate about which she supported. Ginger has been a great resource and friend to me and MaryLou on her journey. Ginger connected with the Pink Sisters of Sabine on my mom’s behalf and they sent MaryLou a lovely gift bag to encourage her on her new journey. The pink gift bag brought a smile to the faces of MaryLou and I both, because of the thoughtful nature of it. It was filled with useful gifts that only a fellow breast cancer survivor would think to send, like a drain tube bag for showering and a seatbelt pillow. The items enclosed were awesome and useful! As we went through the bag, I told my mom the name sounded familiar and that maybe Team National Hope had supported them in the past. I investigated it and yep, we had given them a donation several months before in honor of Ginger. As Phil Chrysler, my husband and Team National Hope co-founder shares often, we like to make people “a hero in their hometown. 

We are grateful we have the ability to do just that by granting requests regularly. We had no idea that that one act of kindness would cause another very personal act of kindness for co-founder MaryLou Loehr; yet that philosophy is what Team National Hope was founded on. It is the butterfly effect that one small act affects another. I am so glad that the Pink Sisters were one of the requested charities we supported in 2020 for what they do, but I am also very grateful that they chose to bless MaryLou as well with their kindness in her breast cancer journey. 

Thank you to all that have supported Team National Hope and given us the ability to bless others. As you make plans this holiday season for year-end giving, please consider Team National Hope. There are special, advantageous tax rules in 2020 due to the CARES Act. 

Please connect with your tax planning advisor for more details about the unique benefits of giving in 2020.

Wishing you good health, happiness and hope today and always.

Angela

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