I work for Ryan Homes and they do something really cool during the month of October. So cool it stopped me in my tracks when I heard about it. Ryan Homes extends a challenge to ALL employees. The challenge is to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer during this month of awareness AND Ryan Homes very generously matches 100% of all employee funds raised during October.
This challenge is especially important to me and here is why: 10 years ago my wife, Tricia, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. At the time she was 31, even the doctors told her she was too young for the test to come back positive. We had 2 children then, ages 3 and 1. It was a horrible time. Tricia was very sick.
I will never consider cancer a gift from God, but God certainly used cancer to show Tricia and I how to love more strongly, trust more deeply and help more. We were truly dependent on the generosity of others. It was humbling. HUMBLING. We are very proud to say that 10 years later, Tricia is still under the care of an Oncologist that we love, but she is currently cancer free and doing well.
Her experience motivated her to found a 501c3 non-profit organization called Tricia’s Hope. Tricia’s Hope INC is operated entirely by volunteers to ensure that donor dollars have the biggest impact possible and are able to go straight to those in most need. Tricia’s Hope provides financial, emotional and spiritual support to cancer patients during treatment.
Each August Tricia’s Hope has an annual Survival Ball. The Survival Ball is the main fundraising event for the entire year and this August the Survival Ball raised over $27,000. Tricia was so excited to raise that much money but she has big goals. She is reaching out to members of the community in a faster rate than before. The Tricia’s Hope Granting project is completely dependent on the generosity of people like you. That money is used to provide direct grants to patients in treatment. Rent, mortgage and utility payments are made, gas cards are distributed, groceries are purchased, meals are sent, sometimes anonymous care packages are delivered. Tricia’s Hope was able to help with plane ticket costs to get a caregiver home to help a patient recover from serious surgery. Tricia’s Hope can help pay for cleaning service, or for families to make memories with loved ones with limited time. At Tricia’s Hope, the grants are awarded individually and Tricia speaks directly to each recipient to make sure the money is spent in the way that will alleviate stress the most.
The Ryan Homes matching challenge is an amazing opportunity to help support Tricia’s Hope, INC, and provide more cancer patients with the support they need during a very difficult time.
Thank you for your support,
Ryan Homes Division Warranty Manager