About Heaps of Hope, Inc.

Heaps of Hope, Inc. - Mission Statement

Heaps of Hope continues the fight against breast cancer and other cancers by inspiring and supporting all women in their cancer journey. We are dedicated to providing a life line to women by easing the burdens created by cancer.

Where Heaps of Hope Comes From

I'd like you to meet Hopey.

From the moment I saw her, I knew she would change my life. She was a loveable ball of fur that would follow me around like a little puppy dog. She provided joy and unconditional love to my life while I was battling cancer. No matter how difficult treatments were, I knew Hopey would be there to comfort me.

Many years ago Hopey was a show cat. Did you know there are actually cat shows similar to dog shows? This was news to me. I got Hopey from a wonderful breeder of Himalayan cats. At this point her show days were over, so she retired to the life of a princess living with me. In fact, she provided the inspiration for this organization. You see, Hopey's official show name was "Heaps of Hope."

    -Holly J. Walton

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Holly’s Journey, Inspiration, & Gratitude

Heaps of Hope, Inc. was established as a way to give back for all the compassionate care I received while being treated for breast cancer. It is a way to thank and honor all of the medical and personal caregivers who were instrumental in my recovery.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on January 21, 2008. This is the day my life changed forever. The diagnosis overwhelmed me in ways that I can’t describe. It amazed me that I already had been living with cancer but didn’t know it. It had been 23 months between mammogram visits. (Please don’t let life get in the way of your yearly mammograms, as you can imagine I was kicking myself for this). I didn’t dwell on this for long - I couldn’t go back, I could only move forward. The treatment plan for me was to undergo two surgeries, chemotherapy, followed by radiation. This is a long haul under the best of circumstances. The changes to my body emotionally and physically were overwhelming and out of my control. I did the best to remain positive and optimistic, although there were some hard days.

I think that chemotherapy was the most difficult part of the journey. I remember the first day of chemotherapy. I’ll be honest: I was very scared. There were a lot of brave patients undergoing treatment that day and I could see the effects that chemotherapy was having on them. This is when the reality of what was going to happen to me over the next few months hit home. Could I really do this?

Then I thought of one of my clients, a breast cancer survivor, who said to me “You want to live, you want to live, you want to live.” I did want to live. Soon after my first chemotherapy treatment my hair fell out. Although I knew this was going to happen, it was emotional. After a couple of days, I felt that my very bald head was like a badge of honor that said I’m not going to let cancer win. I’m beating and surviving breast cancer. It’s hard to convey what it’s like to be in a room with other patients and all of your lives are being saved at the same time. It’s very moving, inspirational, and life changing. I’m grateful to the wonderful chemotherapy nurses and my chemo buddies for helping me though this part of the journey.

During chemotherapy I joined a support group filled with wonderful brave women. In the support group, I learned that I wasn’t alone and that I would be supported every step of the way in this cancer battle. Also, it was the information highway for a woman with cancer. I’m grateful to the ladies that ran our support group, Melinda and Jane, for all they taught us to help cope with the affects of cancer and move forward.

Chemotherapy was soon followed by radiation. I found this part of the journey, even though tiring, so much easier than chemotherapy. I had the best radiation therapists that made this last leg of the cancer journey very smooth. I finished up treatment on September 4, 2008 two days before my 48th birthday. I established Heaps of Hope, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) (3) exempt organization on September 16, 2008. I’m now on my life journey of helping all women survive cancer through Heaps of Hope.

I am so grateful and thankful to everyone that helped me. If you asked me what inspired me to establish Heaps of Hope, it’s so many things. It starts at the beginning with my client, telling me “You want to live.” It’s the compassionate care I received from the doctors, nurses, radiation therapists, and medical staff at Winchester Hospital. It’s my family, friends, employer and co-workers. It’s my wonderful girlfriends who shaved my head. It’s my chemo buddies. It’s my support group filled with brave women who humble and inspire me. All of the above were instrumental in my recovery. Heaps of Hope honors all of you.

I’d like to thank all of those who generously contributed to this website including Stephen May and his team from Crescent Leaf Technologies for their creation and donation of this wonderful website.