What Does Real Hope Mean to You?

Share what gives you real hope on your cancer journey whether you are a patient, survivor, caregiver, clinician, or researcher.


Every day, cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers face challenges big and small from the moment of a cancer diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship. Real hope can help each of us touched by cancer get through those moments.

Real hope might lead patients with few treatment options to try clinical trials, empower survivors to push through the anxiety surrounding an upcoming scan, and give caregivers the strength to stand by the side of a loved one who is suffering.    

Cindy Chmielewski​, a retired educator from New Jersey who is living with multiple myeloma, says: "Real hope is what’s making my dreams come alive. Real hope is what fuels my future."

Whether it’s looking forward to an upcoming vacation, learning of a breakthrough in cancer research or one day becoming a grandparent, real hope takes on a different meaning in each of our cancer journeys.

What does real hope mean to you?

You can send us your photo with your “Real Hope Is _________” message or record a short video in which you discuss your real hope in your cancer journey. Send your submissions via email, or post a photo or video on your social networks using the hashtag #RealHopeIs to let the world know what real hope means to you.

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