Giving Back: Taste of Hope

Many of you know that I am heavily involved in charitable projects. As the Arizona Chapter President of the national group Mom It Forward, I’m able to leverage some of my influence and use it for good. Helping to build and strengthen the community is a passion of mine.

When my daughter Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes… my charitable goals became more lofty. I looked for ways that I could help to fund research and treatment. From walks to auctions to a simple donation at a fast food restaurant… I give. Most recently, I was approached by City of Hope regarding the Taste of Hope event.

Taste of hope is a food and wine celebration to raise money for City of Hope research. The finest restaurants in the valley will be contributing to this event. Tickets are available HERE and if you’re unable to attend because of where you live or because of a conflict in schedule… you can still donate to further the research being done at City of Hope.

City of Hope is a leading research, treatment, and education center for
cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. It was designated as a comprehensive cancer center (the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute). City of Hope is located
in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles. It’s ranked as one
of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer and urology by U.S.News
& World Report
. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the
fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.

Clearly… they are doing amazing work there. I will be attending Taste of Hope on March 30th, taking pictures and gathering stories to share with you. I’d love to hear your own stories of hope. Leave me a comment below and let me know how giving back to your community has changed your life. Maybe you felt led to donate to this event… and if so.. let me know. I’d like to do something for you too.

For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on Twitter.


  1. Bradford Jones says:

    Please email me so I can offer my services to help out. This is a clunky way for me to offer, I know, but I landed on this page through a few apps on my iphone and just wanted to safely establish contact asap.

    Jonescamp at mac dot com


  2. Cami says:

    I’ll try to put this to good use iemmiadtely.