Lara is the Founder of Hope Scarves, an international non-profit organization based in Louisville, KY. The mission of Hope Scarves is to share scarves, stories and hope with people facing cancer. Lara started Hope Scarves as a way to turn her experience with cancer into something positive to help others. Lara was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 30, 7 months pregnant with her second child. During treatment Lara received a box of scarves from a friend and a note saying, “you can do this.”
When she finished treatment, she shared these scarves with another woman then another woman and was touched by how much this simple gesture meant. Lara founded Hope Scarves in 2012 and operated out of her spare bedroom with her kids and several volunteers by her side. The organization quickly grew and has now sent over 7000 scarves and stories to women in every state and 16 countries facing over 90 types of cancer. Lara lives each day to the fullest with intentionality and joy. She holds tightly onto the power of hope and treasures beautiful moments in the midst of on-going treatment. Lara loves to run, sail, spend time with friends and family and travel. She and her husband Jay call Louisville, KY home and have two sons, Wills (12) and Bennett (9).
Lara's charity of choice is Hope Scarves. Hope Scarves collects scarves and stories from people who face cancer and then sends them on to others in treatment. Whether you are a patient, survivor or know someone with cancer Hope Scarves can be a resource.