About Project Hope
The founders of the Grosse Pointe-based Project Hope are Laura, Stephanie, Annie, Amy, Jack, and MaryKate. (Click here to read more about the team organizing the 2021 event!) They experienced the power of hope amidst the darkness of a disease like cancer through the witness of their uncle, Jerry Williams.
In 2014, Jerry Williams continued his struggle with cancer. His family, searching for anything to bring a smile to his face, contacted literally everyone they knew to create an army of prayer from around the world. In order to show Jerry how loved he was, they created a video full of prayers from around the world to show to him. The video can be found on the right.
The video led to a renewed sense of hope not only for Jerry but also for the whole family. The network of prayer and support provided so much hope that it strengthened the will to fight and helped lift the emotional burdens that come with the news of cancer.
Project Hope wants to "pay it forward" and spread the word.
Hope is real.
Hope is contagious.
Hope can heal.
Project Hope exists to offer hope for those who are struggling with cancer today, those who have lost their battle, and those who have just learned of the fight ahead of them.
Cancer doesn't affect only one person - it affects the family and the entire community.
But so does hope!
The 5K and Pray
The 5K and Pray is Project Hope's annual event that includes all-day Eucharistic Adoration, a 5K Run, Mass, and dinner with a program. It is directed by a group of the Bodien siblings in addition to Jerry's youngest daughter (Hannah). Proceeds from this event are directed to a local family that is struggling with cancer.