Albums of Hope, a 501 (c)(3) charity organization, donates pocket-sized photo albums filled with uplifting quotes and photos to local hospitals and cancer treatment and support centers. Our mission is the lift the spirits of others during difficult times.
Albums of Hope began as a project in 2010 when founder Laura Townsend's husband was fighting colorectal cancer. It began as a mission to feel helpful during a time when we often feel helpless. After Brad lost his battle, Albums of Hope incorporated in 2011 to continue to lift the spirits of those battling cancer. To date, Albums of Hope has donated over 3000 albums to local cancer patients and their families. 
Our dedicated group of volunteers continues to assemble albums for donation. Our volunteers are fueled by the knowledge that these little albums make a big and immediate difference in the lives of those fighting the tough fight against cancer.

You Made a Difference on Make a Difference Day!

Thank you so very much to our nearly 60 volunteers! In less than two hours, we assembled 790 albums and collated and readied 500 fall newsletters for mailing. Our goal was to put together 500 albums so our awesome volunteers blew that goal out of the water. Way to go!

Some of these albums are already on their way or have been delivered to cancer patients. Take a look where your hard work is most immediately headed!

Rush University Cancer Center: 50 albums
North Shore Oncology & Hematology: 50 albums
Alexian Bros. Women’s and Children’s Hospital: 25 albums
Illinois Medical District Guest House: 50 albums
Gilda’s Club at Rush University: 25 albums
Individual requests: 10 albums

Giving Tuesday: December 1st

It's a week of celebration!

And then there's GIVING TUESDAY!

Please consider making a donation during our annual Giving Tuesday campaign. Our goal is to raise $3000 during this campaign, which will allow us to donate 500 albums to cancer patients and their caregivers.

Your end-of-the-year donation allows us to close out 2015 strong and start the new year off on the right foot.

You can participate by clicking on the DONATE button on our Web site or by sending a check made payable to Albums of Hope to PO Box 503, McHenry, IL 60050. Please note that this donation is part of your Giving Tuesday gift.



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Albums of Hope
P.O. Box 503
McHenry, IL 60050


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