MY HOPE CHEST

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews

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Location: PO BOx 3081 Seminole FL 33775 USA

Mission: We address the physical and emotional needs of women who have lost their breasts to cancer. Our work restores lives for those that fall through the cracks of medical care.Our mission is to grant these thousands of women nationwide this "Final Step in Breast Cancer Treatment". For those who desire, regaining their physical form absolutely helps the healing process. By restoring their breasts, My Hope Chest helps these survivors return to a normal life with feelings of self-worth, renewed self-confidence and completeness; a true "Celebration of LIFE!"
Target demographics: uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors
Programs: breast reconstruction surgery, the "final step of breast cancer treatment." Each surgery costs an estimated $13,500 as it is a surgeries of 3 surgeries and spans up to one year.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My Hope Chest is an authentic and sincere organization dedicated to really making a difference not only in the lives of uninsured women who have lost their breast(s) to a mastectomy - but also to their families and their communities.

I've seen the dedication of the founder, their supporters, the board, and the community as this non-profit is a lone voice serving this forgotten group of wonderful women whose misfortune to lose one or both breasts to cancer have crippled their return to a normal life.

Not only has My Hope Chest allowed them to regain their confidence and dignity - they go on to excel in our society as loving mothers, esteemed professionals, dedicated wives, daughters, and outstanding leaders of our community.

We need more charities to follow the lead of outstanding non-profits like My Hope Chest - led by a dedicated and altruistic survivor who is always paying it forward for others

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the difference it has made in the lives of those who it has helped

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it tons of publicity and funding!

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I hosted a fund raiser for MHC at a St. Pete restaurant called Chattaway. I put a show together with all volunteers, and had a Lady Gaga performer and a Sean Paul performer too. Everyone wanted to give, including a local health food store. I only had one no show, and the loss was hers as giving is an awesome experience. I got to meet a real live recipient of breast reconstruction through this charity. The money goes to this vital part of womanhood, not to pockets of undeserving fundraising scammers. Yearly, billions of dollars go into pockets, not into cures. America cannot afford cures for illnesses. It can afford to treat them. Therefore, MHC is volunteering well spent. A mans manhood is everything to him. A womans womanhood is her breasts, both of them. Can I get an amen? Im sure I can get a million!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By meeting a June 2011 reconstruction recipient.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it so that recipients donate their skills, i.e. artform or anything to the charity that would raise money for the next woman. Pay it forward so to speak.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am so very thankfull to My Hope Chest for taking an interest in me & my story. I really didn't think I would ever be complete again. Being an uninsured woman, who has lost a breast to cancer, without other means for reconstruction, I felt hopeless. Finding MHC has honestly changed my life for the better in many ways. Thank you Alisa & all yoir Angels.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Florida Reconstruction

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more prople willing to volenteer so we can spread the word about how difficult it is for uninsured womento get back what they've lost.

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1 person found this review helpful

My Hope Chest is the only non profit that takes on breast reconstruction for survivors of breast cancer that are not insured. Alisa has lived this nightmare and that is what fuels her to endlessly to help others. Alisa has dedicated her life to this cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a lobbyist to bring the injustice of Medicare not covering reconstruction to light.

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2 people found this review helpful

Alisa is the engine behind this great organization and I am glad to help her achieve her very ambitious goal. This organization defines the meaning of non-profit. When I ask for help in the community, the feedback is genuine and we know the need is certainly there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading testimonials of those helped gives me great joy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that enough donations come in to fund a staff to acheive even more.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been assisting My Hope Chest with web based marketing, graphic design and event planning. Their cause is a great one, and the people involved are terrific. The events are always feel-good evenings and everyone has a great time. The Founder, Alisa, is clever and creative. Her dream and determination keep My Hope Chest alive. I have met clients served by My Hope Chest - women who have been honored to received free surgical treatment, and they are so thankful and feel so lucky.
My Hope Chest really picks up where other pink ribbon organizations leave off. Although donating to cancer research will help all future generations, My Hope Chest helps the breast cancer survivor who is right in front of us and helps her to feel whole again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting women Survivors who are about to have long awaited breast reconstruction surgery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more volunteers nationwide to educate people and get the word out.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

I feel as though I won the reconstruction lottery! What an amazing jouney this has been so far. I feel so blessed to have been donated my surgery with the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans and with Dr. Scott Sullivan. Without My Hope Chest, I would not have ever been able to have this done. My surgery was on May 4, 2011... and I feel better than ever. It is such a great thing to have somewhere to turn for help when there seems to be no options at all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to have breast reconstruction surgery.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more people know just how great this cause is.

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My Hope Chest funds breast reconstruction--something not covered by Susan G Komen and other breast cancer awareness programs. With si many women without health insurance, breast construction is not a possibility.

My Hope Chest needs national exposure to meet their client needs. Please support them today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

talking to women who have benefitted from the program

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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My Hope Chest is the Only national non-profit providing breast reconstruction for "uninsured" survivors. We pick up where the other pink ribbons leave off providing the "final step in breast cancer treatment".

Our work changes lives... amidst the sea of pink ribbons focusing on the same issues with the same missions, My Hope Chest is a guiding light and breath of fresh air taking on a mission that, in 2011, has not been addressed.

Approximately 6200 women a year have a mastectomy and are uninsured... Women shouldn't have to live without their breasts because they lack insurance, especially in this economy... My Hope Chest's vision is changing the world, one breast at a time.

We encourage all donors who give to breast cancer charities to look at the facts... consider dispersing their philanthropy.. .and helping us grow to reach all of those in need in your communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the surgeries completed and lives changed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them funding to procure the staffing that will sustain the organizations mission to serve all of those on their wait list.

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