Non-Profit Providing Hope For Cancer Patients Celebrates 7 Years

wect newWILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year.

A couple in Wilmington has devoted the past seven years of their lives to helping women who have received the devastating news that they or a family member has cancer. They began their emotional journey to create Hope Abounds, a non-profit organization, after their daughter was told she had cancer.

Kenny and Elizabeth Barnes created Hope Abounds in March 2010 after their 32-year-old daughter, Kelly, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Along their journey, the Barnes family met many female survivors and learned that there was a need for a survivors support organization in our area.

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Look out cancer. Mother warrior, Elizabeth Barnes, is on your trail

Elizabeth Barnes started Hope Abounds
when cancer hit close to home. 

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Look out cancer. Mother warrior, Elizabeth Barnes, is on your trail.

Sparked by their daughter Kelly’s diagnosis of breast cancer at age thirty-two, Barnes and husband, Kenny, dashed in to establish support systems, filing the gaps they saw in their family’s journey.

Their daughter was teaching in Atlanta when she received the original diagnosis of stage 0 cancer. By the time her doctor did her surgery here in Wilmington three weeks later, the cancer had metastasized, reaching stage 3A.

Elizabeth Barnes witnessed the support of her daughter’s friends and co-workers, and she noticed the events that left the family unprepared.

“We had no cancer in our family,” she says.  “We were totally ignorant as to what happened to people. The infusion room, cold, patients sitting in a recliner for four to six hours. Unless you have really close friends who can handle it they don’t say anything. It’s lonely.”

And while they were told to bring a blanket, CDs, a book, and lunch, they weren’t told about the metal taste in the mouth, the canned foods she would have to eat, or the flushing that travels from one part of the body to the other following chemo therapy, Elizabeth Barnes recalls.

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Wider Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths

By JAN HOFFMAN, JAN 23, 2017

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The death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is considerably higher than previously estimated and the disparity in death rates between black women and white women is significantly wider, according to a study published Monday in the journal Cancer.

The rate at which black American women are dying from the disease is comparable to that of women in many poor developing nations, researchers reported. What makes the findings especially disturbing, said experts not involved in the research, is that when screening guidelines and follow-up monitoring are pursued, cervical cancer is largely preventable.

“This shows that our disparities are even worse than we feared,” said Dr. Kathleen M. Schmeler, an associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. “We have screenings that are great, but many women in America are not getting them. And now I have even more concerns going forward, with the” — expected — “repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which covers screening, and the closing of family planning clinics, which do much of that screening.”

The racial disparity had been noted in earlier studies, but it had been thought to have narrowed because cervical cancer death rates for black women were declining. But this study said that the gap was far greater than believed.

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Testimonial of Ginger and Adam Thomas

Hope aboundsMy name is Ginger and my husband is Adam. First, I want to thank Hope Abounds for the opportunity to give back but a fraction of the blessings they have given our family. While we are walking through this journey, Hope Abounds has not only rescued us when we were drowning, they continually lift us up to where we need to be. We are a family of nine, six daughters, three sons all single births. Adam and I have been together since we were fifteen years old. We are truly a very strong family unit and are blessed to have had each other during these extreme turbulent times. I cannot leave my faith out of this picture, as God is the glue that held our family together wen we almost fell apart. At this point it is very difficult to share 8 years of our families’ life in a few short minutes. Let me begin by saying our youngest daughter, Sophia Hope has been fighting for her life since she was 8 months old. We have had beautiful short reprieves from the cancer and epilepsy, since relocating to North Carolina. However, as life threatening illnesses do, they can rear their ugly head at any time without warning.

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Hope Abounds is truly a Giving Organization

hope abounds, chairty, cancer education   Hope Abounds is truly a Giving Organization who consistently and selflessly works for those with cancer. My daughter has been unfortunately diagnosed with brain cancer and through out this ordeal we have had help, but its a blessing to know that organizations like Hope Abounds, not only help once, but they Continually seek to be by your side. They helped by paying several bills, during the Holidays with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, also buying Christmas gifts for the children. Tracie T

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Hope Abounds Expands Education Efforts with Help from AT&T

Oct. 12, 2016
Hope Abounds Expands Education Efforts with Help from AT&T.

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Wilmington, N.C. — More people throughout eastern North Carolina will soon be learning more about the risks and treatments of cancer, thanks in part to a $1,000 contribution to Hope Abounds from AT&T.
State Rep. Chris Millis recently joined John Lyon, AT&T Regional Director of External Affairs, in presenting the contribution to Executive Director Elizabeth Barnes.

“Hope Abounds provides a lifeline for patients, and families, who often feel like they are adrift in an ocean of fear and uncertainty. I am so appreciative of the difference they are making for individuals and families throughout our community,” Rep. Millis said.

Originally established as Women of Hope to help meet the needs of female cancer survivors, Hope Abounds now also encompasses services for children and teens, providing supportive services, financial assistance, educational opportunities and advocacy for women, children, teens and their families, who are going through any type of cancer from diagnosis to survivorship. The AT&T funds will be used to expand the educational pro-grams, using social media and pod-casting to provide cancer information to a wide audience.

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Racing for Gold – Special Guest, Petty Family Foundation

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“Racing For The Gold”
Benefiting the Cancer Support Programs of Hope Abounds, Inc.

 “Racing For the Gold” is an inaugural charity event of Hope Abounds that supports the programs of Women Of Hope and A Kids Hope. This event will consist of sponsors racing go-karts to benefit the Hope Abounds umbrella organization that supports cancer programs to benefit women, children and teens going through active cancer treatment. We are excited about the new program developed for children and teens, “A Kids Hope!” This charity event will help launch new programs and support for children, teens and their families as they are going through their difficult cancer journey.

A morning of racing will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 24, 2016.  Racing For the Gold will be held at Jungle Rapids, 5320 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC.  Jungle Rapids is hosting this incredible family event as the Presenting Sponsor. The Grand Marshall sponsor, Gold’s Gym leading the race along with sponsored go-karts racing for the gold championship.  The race is FREE to the public and we welcome you to come and cheer on your favorite race team!  Donations will be gratefully received.

Special Guest Sponsor is the Petty Family Foundation!  Thad and Harrison Moffitt, grandsons of the famous NASCAR driver, Richard Petty, will be racing for the gold as participants of the race.

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Julie Godley Testimonial

hope abounds, woman of hope, cancer survivorOn May 2, 2014, I found a lump in my breast. Eleven days later, I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I was 48 years old. My mother had been diagnosed at age 65 in 2003 with a very aggressive Stage 3 form of breast cancer and passed away two years later in 2005. I always thought in the back of my mind that I may one day be faced with breast cancer due to my mother’s history, but I did not think it would be at such a young age. I learned later that there are many women even much younger than me battling this disease and other forms of cancer.

I had a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation. I was very fortunate that I did not have to endure chemotherapy due to the early stage of my cancer. I had a great support system, but after the surgery and treatment was over, I think everyone assumed I was fine. Well, I can tell you that I was not fine! I still needed support and understanding.

I learned of Women of Hope at the exact time I needed it, but I wish I had known of this wonderful organization from day one of my diagnosis! I went to a luncheon and a few months later attended the pilot cancer support group called ‘Woman in the Mirror’. Women with all different kinds of cancer attended the group sessions. We shared stories, cried together, prayed together and most importantly learned how to move on from cancer. After surgery, treatment and medication, your body just does not feel the same. I had always felt like I took care of myself very well, but I learned that there was more self-care that I needed. During the sessions, we had speakers share information about fitness, health and nutrition, beauty and more. We created ‘vision boards’ to visualize what we wanted in our future. I still look at my vision board every day! It helps me realize what I have achieved, and keeps me focused and grateful.

Cancer changed me forever, but in a good way. It was God’s little wake-up call for me. I will always be grateful to Elizabeth Barnes and Women of Hope for truly giving me the hope and faith to move on. Elizabeth is a blessing and she truly saved me!

Julie Godley

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Angie Smock’s Story

Angie SmockAngie’s Story – Women Facing Cancer!
With no medical insurance, the loss of her mother and grandmother, mounting bills, and a limited support system, how could she move forward? Angie was alone and afraid.
In August of 2010, I had a clean mammogram. In February of 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. I was the youngest of 3 children and the only female. My mother had passed away in 2003. My Grandmother passed away in 2005. With no women to guide me, I was scared. I felt isolated and very unsure. How would my husband and I navigate this uncharted path? I needed sisters and women around me. I needed someone who had been down this road before, but who? I was desperate for information and for someone who understood.

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Who’s That? Kimberly Paul

I believe we avoid the death and dying conversation because it truly reminds us that we are not living the life we desire. So, we must first answer the question, why are we choosing to numb out, not be present, and avoid hard conversations that would only improve our human experience? It’s a fair question, right?

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