The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation

Here for Good

Since November 2001, the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation has been a light in the darkness for local breast cancer patients and their families.

Getting cancer is scary. And expensive. Hope Chest fills an urgent, unmet need: Alleviating some of the financial burdens associated with breast cancer treatment. While patients focus on the fight of their lives, we focus on helping patients stay in their homes, keep the heat and lights on, and put nutritious food in the fridge. We help make sure that patients can get access to transportation and child care so they can attend treatments. We’re here for good.

Our Story
Our Beginnings

Hope Chest for Breast Cancer founder Barbara Hensley lost her two sisters to breast cancer. She witnessed firsthand the financial challenges that breast cancer patients and their families face.

After meeting more patients and hearing their stories, Barbara knew something had to be done to ease the burdens that insurance doesn’t cover. So, she turned heartbreak into action. In 2001, Barbara resigned her corporate executive position and founded Hope Chest for Breast Cancer. The first Hope Chest for Breast Cancer resale store opened in Orono, Minnesota in November, 2002.

Our Commitment

Today, Hope Chest has grown from Barbara Hensley’s dream into an impactful, multifaceted organization with a dedicated Board of Directors and passionate, skilled staff. We are as committed as ever to the cause, because we believe that no family should face financial ruin while they fight cancer.

How it Works

The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer funds Emergency Assistance Grants to support local breast cancer patients and their families. Our business model combines the power of a foundation and revenue-generating resale shops. The foundation combines donations, grants, event revenues, and store proceeds to provide a solid revenue stream for its mission.

The Hope Chest resale shops are open seven days per week and sell merchandise at a fraction of the cost because all of the items — from evening wear to end tables — are donated from individuals or corporations. Currently, we have two resale shops located in the Twin Cities; one in Orono and one in Bloomington, MN. The mantra of our resale shops is: “Excellent quality, excellent buys…all for an excellent cause.”

How We’ve Helped

Since 2001, Hope Chest has distributed over 4,000 grants and over $1.5 million to breast cancer patients and their families. Each grant represents hope and relief, two elements that are crucial in the fight against breast cancer. Hope Chest grants have paid rent and mortgages. They’ve covered day care costs, car payments, and utility bills. They deliver nutritious food.

What our friends say about us.

Tell Us Your Hope Chest Story

Debra
Benefit Recipient
Attending Fillies Race for Hope gave me the strength and courage, to face my fear of the surgery and my new life.

On August 10, 2015, I had a bilateral mastectomy and started a new journey in life. I will continue to support Hope Chest for Breast Cancer because it has supported me.
Judy
Benefit Recipient
The support has been overwhelming from the gals at Hope Chest. I participated in my first ever Fillies Race for Hope, and it was everything I imagined.

Now it is time for me to thank God for the opportunity that I can help give back and support Hope Chest. I want to be involved as much as I can!
Betty
Donor
A couple of gentlemen from Hope Chest came to my house to pick up a dining table set that I was donating to Hope Chest. They were so pleasant and accommodating! So often you don't hear of any services unless they negative, but these two gentlemen were very accommodating and very polite! Thank you so very much, I appreciated the help!

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