Giving Hope {Project Hope}

My family and I spent the last three weeks of August in the mountains. It was so wonderful and refreshing and lovely. There is something about being in the mountains that just brings about a peace and clarity. Recently a friend posted this quote on her instagram and it just puts to words what I feel when I am surround by this beauty.

“Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. Most of us exist for most of the time in worlds which are humanly arranged, themed and controlled. One forgets that there are environments which do not respond to the flick of a switch or the twist of a dial, and which have their own rhythms and orders of existence. Mountains correct this amnesia. By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.”
Robert Macfarlane.

Sigh. It’s true. Being in the mountains have slowed us down. Have made us connect as a family. To enjoy one another. To be reminded of what is really important in life. The people we spend our lives with….

While we were enjoying this lovely time of refreshing together, another wonderful family took a trip out to the very same mountains. It wasn’t planned ahead of time but when I saw that they were there too, I asked if we could do a quick little session together. (If you’re new to my blog and haven’t meet the Chavez family yet you can click here to see more of their story  “Project Hope”)

So last weekend, they showed up at our campsite with Tim Hortons donuts in hand. My kids played with their sweet Sofia. They introduced their pet caterpillar to her and she happily allowed him to crawl all over her. My husband finally met them and we spoke of how we all just want to move out here forever 🙂

Then we went for a little walk and took a few photos. I took many photos, and can’t wait to show them all to you, but for today I want to just share a little bit of the journey they have been on and ask for your help…..

Jenifer is a 34 year old wife, and a mother to two toddlers. In February 2011, she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but the cancer was no longer just located in her breast but moved to her bones, lungs and liver.

Chemotherapy was begun in Mar, 2011 and it has been up and down since then with various drugs, some helping more than others.

She was told that with stage 4 cancer, there is no cure, just a treatment to prolong her life. The average survival rate is 2 1/2 years, which she has already outlived. With 2 kids to raise, her Sofia is 3 years old and her adopted son just turned 1 yr old, she need to be around for as long as possible to be with them.

She is currently on an aggressive chemotherapy treatment, and this treatment has been so toxic on her body. She sees a Naturopath doctor who specializes in cancer care and Jen is also undergoing alternative therapies that are not covered by insurance.

Two weeks ago, she was given good news about a new “side effect free” chemo. This consists of high dose chemo given with a special protective drug that protects the body against the chemo side effects, and allows the immune system to function and complement the actions of the chemo, rather than become damaged by it. There is a much higher potential for remission than conventional chemotherapy ~ 90% response rate for advanced cases such as breast cancer. Based on the clinical studies, here is a high chance of complete remission, including long-term remission lasting for years. This treatment requires her to fly to Medicor Cancer Center in Toronto for infusions 3 days in a row every 2 weeks. Cost is approx. $4000 per treatment (per 2 weeks), it typically requires 8-10 treatments for best response.

This is not covered by healthcare/insurance, making it a costly endeavor.
The new targeted treatments, flights and hospital stay will cost her about $40-50,000.00

The treatment is only good for cancer patient who’s cancer has not metastasized to the brain. We can save her life and send her for this treatment before it is too late.

She is hoping to raise enough money to be able to go by early next year, but I am believing that with more people helping she can go before that. So, I am asking for you to consider giving (whatever amount you can- from $1 to whatever you feel led to give)
I believe that by giving whatever you can you will be blessing Jenifer with the best gift anyone could ever receive- Hope. Joy. Life. And knowing that she is loved (even by people she has never met!)

You can donate directly to her blog online (click on the DONATE button.)
Visit her blog at

A fundraising auction event is also set to happen on October 26, 2013, and I will share more details about that as they unfold.

Please give what you feel led to give, and join me in praying for Jenifer, Arnel and their sweet kids.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

denise @ victory rd. - beautiful.

i love how God is using you, and glorifying himself to and through you, sara.

Angela - This is the epitome of a mothers love. Beautiful just BEAUTIFUL! I pray that you beat all the odds. God be with you.

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