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The Festival of Hope is a grass roots fundraising event organized by volunteers committed to assist area cancer patients during the treatment process.

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Address: PO BOX 377
Email: dkwalker2611@charter.net
Phone Number: 308-436-4161
Crisis situations of cancer patients are real and devastating. Our committee members recognize this and reach out to them in a number of ways. In order to raise the monies for prospective recipients, community volunteers come together and organize special events including our enjoyable day, The Festival of Hope! The goal being to decrease the burden cancer patients and their families are going through and hopefully improve outcomes.

Over the years our mission has been so successful that as of August 2018 we have raised over $3 million and have distributed over $2.3 million to approximately 1900 patients and their families for non-medical needs such as rent, mileage, utility bills and other expenses to help ease their burden during their cancer care. We have also donated $221,000 for cancer research at University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Colorado. Plus, over $25,000.00 has been donated to area programs for cancer education.

The Festival of Hope one day event is held on the Saturday before Father's Day, which kicks off with a 5K Run/Walk and Children's Fun Run as well as breakfast served by the Knights of Columbus. We continue to have successful silent and live auctions, plus entertainment throughout the day, various booths, raffles, penny carnival and of course plenty of food and companionship. We end our event with reading of the names listed on our "Wall of Hope" and our cherished butterfly release. Festival of Hope has not only become an event to raise money for area cancer patients in need, it is also a place where these cancer survivors are honored with pride and affection, surrounded by their family, friends and neighbors. Plus, it is a place of healing and love for those who have lost a loved one to cancer. For any volunteer it is a place to show gratitude and assistance to their fellow man. For all, it is a place to gather and showcase HOPE no matter what!!

Other events include Backaracks Save a Rack Bra Auction that is held the 3rd Wednesday of October. Local businesses and individuals decorate and donate a bra to be auctioned off. This is a fun evening in our community not only supporting Festival of Hope but also Breast Cancer Awareness.

Panhandle Co-op Main Street Market has also teamed up with the Festival of Hope with the Receipts for Cash Program. Festival of Hope receives 1% of the total of the receipts donated.

The Pumpkin Patch at BE Farms in Bayard donates a portion of their sales for the "Pink" Pumpkins sold. The pumpkin sales are held the month of October.

Local businesses, schools and organizations hold their own fundraisers to raise funds for Festival of Hope. Many schools hold bake sales and Pink Out sporting nights. Businesses raise funds throughout the year with their employees by holding raffles, special occasions at work and a variety of activities.

The Festival of Hope is a 501C-3 corporation and donations are tax deductible.
"The year was 2006, it had been a very long and difficult time in our lives. My husband had been severely ill, requiring surgery and had to be off work for 6 months. Our son broke his leg during that time. He was in a full leg cast and had to use a wheelchair for six weeks, followed by other casts and crutches for several more weeks. Ten days after our son broke his leg I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It was a whirlwind of events; bi-lateral mastectomy surgery, chemo and radiation. I was encouraged to contact Festival of Hope. They asked what we needed the most help with, I replied our house payment. Festival of Hope made FOUR of our mortgage payments. I cannot begin to express what a huge relief it was to not have to worry or stress about the payments, during the time of my chemo treatments. I will be forever grateful!"
Gale Wimberley

"When my son was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2, Festival of Hope stepped in and helped us with travel expenses. We had to travel to Denver at least once a week, sometimes twice, and without the help of this wonderful organization, I don't know how we would have done it. FOH was always there if an unexpected expense came up, and was willing to help. This organization allowed us to focus on the care of our children and relieve some of the worry around expenses."
Kelly Ratliff