Hope Scarves

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By, Lara MacGregor

Hope Scarves is an international nonprofit organization based in Louisville Kentucky with the mission of sharing scarves and stories of hope with women facing cancer.

Hope Scarves collects scarves and stories of encouragement from women who have faced all types of cancer. The scarves are professionally dry-cleaned and then sent on to others facing cancer. Survivors can share their story even if they don’t have a scarf. Their story will be paired with a donated community scarf and begin its journey as a Hope Scarf. Each scarf is tagged with a specific number to track where it travels. It is our hope that if a woman wishes to she will add her story and send her scarf back to Hope Scarf to continue on its journey to someone else. Some of the Hope Scarves already carry four stories!

Hope Scarves was founded by Lara MacGregor as a way to turn her scary journey with cancer into something positive to help others. When Lara MacGregor was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 30, 7 months pregnant with her second son, a woman she never met, but with whom she shared a mutual friend, sent her a package. Inside were beautiful scarves she wore during her battle with cancer and a note saying, “You can do this.” The scarves were both practical and inspiring. And, knowing someone else had worn the scarves and faced cancer helped Lara believe she could do it too. Not long after Lara finished treatment she met Roberta who had just lost her hair from chemo. They laughed together as Lara showed her the different ways to wear a scarf. When she finished treatment Roberta sent the scarves back to Lara. Lara had since moved to Louisville and one of the first friend‘s she met was starting treatment. Lara brought over a scarf to Brooke‘s house one night and they talked about what it was like to lose your hair with tears and laughter. This whole time Lara couldn‘t stop thinking about the amazing journey these scarves were on. Hope Scarves was created to capture the stories of courageous women and encourage others. Lara is now living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and continues to lead Hope Scarves as she lives life to the fullest in on-going treatment.

Since being founded in 2012 Hope Scarves has sent nearly 2000 scarves to every state and 9 countries. Individuals can request a scarf personally or scarves can be sent as gifts to loved ones facing cancer at hopescarves.org. Hope Scarves also has a hospital program where scarves are given directly to patients at the point of treatment.

Ways to get involved:

  • Share your story or scarf
  • Send a Hope Scarf to someone facing cancer
  • Make a donation to support our mission to encourage women facing cancer
  • Request a promotional packet to spread the word
  • Invite Founder, Lara MacGregor, to share her story and Hope Scarves through a public speaking engagement


Contact information:

Electronic communication – www.hopescarves.orginfo@hopescarves.org

phone – 502.333.9715

address – 141 N. Sherrin Ave. Suite 227 Louisville, KY 40207

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