"We delivered a basket to him that was filled with items that offer comfort, inspiration and hope along with meals for the family from Liehs & Stiegerwalds," she said. "When I think about the mission of our foundation, our vision of hope is not just about achieving a desired outcome. It's about the journey. Evan's journey was filled with love, courage and dreams. His journey certainly represented the spirit of Maureen's Hope."
Maureens Hope Foundation was started in memory of Bertrand's sister, Maureen Humphrey, who lost her courageous battle with cancer at the young age of 31. Maureen's Hope has offered practical support and assistance to more than 400 people over the past five years.
"Our focus is today," Bertrand said. "I learned first hand during my sister's battle that there are many needs that patients have when faced with a life altering disease that can not be met by the medical community and our mission is to help fill that gap and meet some of those needs. Events like the Bud Run for Charity help us to fulfill our mission by offering funding to local charities like Maureens Hope Foundation."
Maureen's Hope provides personalized gift baskets of comfort and inspiration, in addition to cleaning services during treatment weeks, meals from Liehs & Steigerwald and other practical support to help lighten the burdens of a patient. During the Bud Run, Maureen's Hope will sell commemorative die cut daisies, which say "We Run for Hope . . . We Run for You." The daisies will line the track and feature names of those people wish to honor or remember to inspire runners.
"Our passion is helping people in our community that are battling cancer and other life altering illnesses and events like the Bud Run enable us to continue to fulfill our mission through funding, support and visibility," Bertrand said. "I think it is very inspiring to see people coming together and supporting an event like the Bud Run to help make our community a better place. I think in the circle of life, we all take turns being on the giving and receiving ends and I can tell you it is much easier to be able to give."