November of 2020 marked the ten-year anniversary of the founding of Lily’s Hope. In November 2010, Lily Olson, a retired registered nurse and member of the Zonta Club of Jamestown saw a need in the area to support women who were being treated for cancer, and she made her vision a reality. Lily’s Hope is a local agency that serves women of Chautauqua County and the surrounding area who are having treatment for cancer and other illnesses. Lily’s Hope provides wigs, head coverings, scarves, camisoles, tote bags and other items to improve the lives of these area women.
Pat Carr of the Cancer Support Group of Jamestown offered these well wishes in honor of the tenth anniversary: “We are wishing Lily’s Hope another successful 10 years for all of the wonderful things they do for cancer patients and survivors and others in need of supportive equipment.” The Cancer Support Group has made regular monetary donations over the years to supply items needed by those going through difficult physical problems.
MaryAnne Genco, cancer survivor, shared her thoughts: “Lily’s Hope was extremely helpful during my cancer journey. They shared valuable information and ordered items I needed during chemotherapy and surgery. The support I received was uplifting and led to a treasured friendship with Lily. Her guidance helped create a group designed to help females dealing with cancer, Shades of Pink. (We are currently on COVID pause, but the group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Legends room, 6:00 pm, at the Northwest Ice Arena.) Congratulations to Lily Olson for inspiring Lily’s Hope! Many thanks to the Zonta Club members who continue to support Lily’s success.”
Lily’s Hope is one of many service projects provided for women and girls in our area by the Zonta Club of Jamestown. The club also supports the Anew Center for domestic violence survivors, provides clothing to the Emergency Departments in Chautauqua County hospitals for women who have suffered sexual assault, supports the Princess Club and the Boys and Girls Club, and funds scholarships for young women who are continuing their educations.