This July, the “Hope Grows Garden: Breast and Ovarian Cancer” will blossom on the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology campus. The garden was created to pay tribute to those who are battling or have battled breast and ovarian cancers as well as those who are working diligently to find new discoveries for these diseases. Located in McMillian Park inside a bend on the Double Helix path, the garden will feature colorful blooms and provide a space to relax and reflect.

Pam and Joe Alexander have been longtime supporters of HudsonAlpha. With a generous gift of $100,000, they made the garden possible for what is sure to be a beautiful and reflective space for all to enjoy.

“I have been a nurse all of my life and have taken care of friends and relatives with cancer,” Pam said. “However, when I developed breast cancer, it put a whole new perspective on this devastating disease for me. I don’t wish for anyone to have to go through what my husband and I went through battling my breast cancer.  It is our hope that someday the research being conducted at HudsonAlpha will eliminate this and other types of cancer.”

The Hope Grows Garden includes a special memory area to recognize Dr. Kimberly Strong’s contributions in the fields of genetics and genomics, and her valiant struggle with breast cancer. Kim died in March 2017. Donations can be made in her memory for this special area.

The garden will also feature a ribbon pathway where you can purchase a paver to recognize and remember your mother, sister, wife, daughter, aunt, friends, colleague or neighbor with a special tribute.

For information about the Hope Grows Garden or to purchase pavers on the ribbon pathway please visit www.hudsonalpha.org/hope-grows-garden. Proceeds from the Hope Grows Garden will benefit HudsonAlpha’s initiatives to improve health and well-being through the area of greatest need fund.

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