Letters of Hope Inspire Hundreds Touched By Breast Cancer

“Forever a fighter!”

“Stay strong.”

“Still alive and well.”

These are just a few of the messages that were written on ProMedica Cancer Institute’s colorful Letters of Hope during the 2016 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Toledo the last weekend of September. And, they are the type of messages that we hope continue throughout the year, but especially during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

At Toledo’s Race for the Cure, the “powered by hope” theme rang true throughout the event as hundreds of people stepped up to the 5-foot-tall letters to sign their own positive messages. Cancer survivors, their supporters and people who have lost loved ones to the disease all took part of this interactive event, writing their messages of hope, reading what others had to say, and posing for pictures next to the temporary installation.

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The event brought smiles, tears and a mixture of emotions to visitors as seen in these photos below.






“To be a breast cancer survivor or any kind of cancer survivor, you not only need a lot of hope, but you also really need a great support system,” said Chrys Peterson, ProMedica HealthConnect correspondent and Race for the Cure honorary chair.

“We’re so thankful that ProMedica is able to give us not only the medical technology, but also programs like Friends for Life to make sure we are supporting each other through this very vulnerable time. My message comes from my friend Mary Chris Skeldon, who always said, ‘Stay in life.’”

Throughout October—Breast Cancer Awareness Month—the Letters of Hope will travel to various ProMedica facilities and cancer centers where ProMedica employees will have a chance to sign them and take photographs. We invite you to take photos of the letters if you see them and share the photos on social media using #RFTCNWO.

View more photos here or share your own message of hope!