Two years ago this month a seed was planted: Elizabeth’s Hope. Over the last two years thousands of supporters have nurtured that seed with their time, talents, and money. Today, having raised more than $900,000 and with the million-dollar goal in sight, Elizabeth’s Hope is the founding root of the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. The project’s fundraising is flourishing with more families (14 at last count) powering the project, creating more roots, widening the base and securing a larger, continuous source of funds to nurture this important research mission. (Please read Dr. Greenfield’s lab update, where he outlines the initatives of the last two years.)

We miss Elizabeth deeply and wish that she were here to witness what has been accomplished. The love of her friends, family, communities, and strangers allowed her seed to grow. As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the fund’s launch, we want to thank a number of people who were critical to the fund’s early success. First, we are indebted to Dr. Greenfield for sharing his medical vision with us. We feel blessed to have been presented an opportunity to work with him, during a time when we felt desperately hopeless. Second, we want to thank our friends at Weill Cornell, Licia Hahn and Roseann Henry, for their strategic thinking, marketing advice, and operational support. Third, we thank Tessa Naso, our Volunteer Coordinator, who energized our fundraising with our first big event and continues to generate ideas. Fourth, we are indebted to Gretchen Scott, who designed and sold thousands of Elizabeth Hope’s blouses, donating an incredibly generous 100 percent of the proceeds. Finally, we acknowledge the youth — middle school, high school, and college students, as well as young adults — who continue to give our effort a unique momentum.

There were many “hidden blessings” in Elizabeth’s journey. She brought our family closer together. She taught us the meaning of unconditional love. She taught us to focus and appreciate the moment, and worry less about the future. There have also been hidden blessings in the establishment of Elizabeth’s Hope. In addition to allowing us to focus on something positive as opposed to dwelling on a devastating diagnosis and loss, the Web site and Facebook page have connected us with other parents coping with the same fate. Finally, we are inspired by the generosity, creativity, and compassion of friends, neighbors, and strangers.

We are proud to be associated with the Children’s Brain Tumor Project. The project now has a solid foundation. However, a true success will require years of continual funding. So our work has just begun. We hope you will consider Elizabeth’s Hope when planning your year-end charitable contributions

Thanks again for believing in and supporting Dr. Greenfield’s vision and Elizabeth’s Hope.