By: Zander Grable

Circle of Hope held its 19th annual tea event last Saturday to raise funds for its main support pillars, which include financial, educational, and emotional assistance for cancer patients.

“We historically have this during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month,” said Alison Lindemann, Chairwoman of the Board of Circle of Hope.” When we started in 2004, our organization was focused solely on breast cancer, mostly women.”

“Now it’s expanded, we have a physical location on Lyons Avenue, a Cancer Support Center, and we support men, women, all cancers, all stages,” said Lindermann.

With growing rates of cancer around the world, more and more people are finding themselves lost and in need of a support group.

“We have new people come in our center every day that need help, that need support.,” said Lindermann. “So I think it’s a big part of giving back to people who are vulnerable and need support in our local community.”

Circle of Hope is run by a staff of volunteers who have each been individually affected by cancer in one way or another.

“I lost my mom to cancer, and I knew that when we moved to California, I wanted to get involved with something that had to do with helping cancer patients,” said Christy Grable, a volunteer board member.”

“So that’s why I got involved,” said Grable.

The event was part of their 31 Days of Hope fundraiser, which they say inspires community members to do their part and give back.

Proceeds raised through these fundraisers go back to Circle of Hope and help with assisting cancer patients with co-pays, second opinions, and other financial assistance.

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