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The four words women fear most —“you have breast cancer” are now being heard by one in seven of us. This translates into a new diagnosis every two minutes

Hope in Bloom began when Beverly Eisenberg, my friend for almost 50 years, learned she had breast cancer. The idea became a reality when she died from the disease in August 2005.

Beverly loved flowers and took pride in her garden. Together, we spent hours pouring over catalogs, visiting nurseries, selecting plants and digging in the dirt. When she was no longer able to garden, her friends kept her house filled with flowers. She, like so many of us, took pleasure in their quiet beauty.

We provide indoor and outdoor gardens (container, patio or in-ground) free of charge at the homes of women and men who reside in Massachusetts and are being treated for breast cancer. Each garden is tailored to the recipient’s residential space and lifestyle. Indoor gardens are available year round while outdoor gardens are seasonal. A Hope in Bloom garden can improve the quality of life for patients and their families. We offer people beautiful, tranquil places to sit, reflect and escape from the world of doctors, hospitals and illness.

With your support, we can change the landscape for more people living with breast cancer and strive to realize our dream to expand Hope in Bloom to other states. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help fund our gardens.

Roberta Dehman Hershon, Founder