Nominations for Spirit of Hope Caregiver Award due May 31

May 23, 2013
Sarah Hawtof is surrounded by Cranes of Hope meant to send a message of hope for cancer survivors. She was the first recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award. SOURCE SUBMITTED

Every cancer survivor knows there always is one person who stands out as taking extraordinary steps to make a difference in the lives of others. Last year, Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center created a new award, the Spirit of Hope Award, to recognize Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences seventh-grader Sarah Hawtof for leading groups of students and adults in making origami cranes to carry messages of hope for cancer survivors.

Nearly 800 adults and children made the cranes and wrote messages of hope on each one.

These Cranes of Hope decorate the Tunnell Cancer Center lobby, reminding all who see them of the strength and hope people share with one another as they support cancer survivors in facing daily challenges and making the most of their lives.

At a special reception last fall at Tunnell Cancer Center, Sarah was presented with the award, which has become an annual one.

“The Cranes of Hope was a project that engaged our community to inspire cancer survivors,” says Judith Ramirez, EdD, manager of Psychosocial Services and Outreach at Tunnell Cancer Center. “It celebrated hope and love, and reminded us of the gifts life offers, even during difficult times.”

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s award. Nomination forms are available at the center, 18947 John J. Williams Highway in Rehoboth Beach. The telephone number at the Tunnell Cancer Center is 302-645-3770. Those submitting nominations are asked to write a few paragraphs about how the nominee demonstrated compassion, commitment, selfless dedication, and a positive attitude, and how he or she inspires others. Nominations are due Friday, May 31, and the award will be presented in early June.