The Linda Gage / Elaine Gage Gatlin Angels of Everlasting Hope Breast Cancer Charity was founded after sisters Linda Gage and Elaine Gage Gatlin were diagnosed with breast cancer just 17 months apart. Linda and Elaine sensed a strong calling from God to use their personal experiences and faith, along with their knowledge, skills, and access to resources, to provide assistance to others battling breast cancer. Linda and Elaine were blessed to have family and friends (their “Angels”) provide them with unending and ever-present support in the form of hope, encouragement, comfort and tools to assist them in navigating through the life-changing journey on which they suddenly found themselves. Recognizing the value of this support and wanting to bring hope and joy to others beginning their journey with breast cancer, Linda, Elaine, their sisters Carolyn and Alison, and their dear friend Sara formed The Linda Gage / Elaine Gage Gatlin Angels of Everlasting Hope Breast Cancer Charity.
What We Do:
We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity with the primary purpose of providing breast cancer patients, as well as their families, hope, encouragement, and tools needed to navigate the life-changing journey they face in their battle with breast cancer.
Along with our family, friends, and other volunteers sharing our passion, we meet with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families to share personal experiences, answer questions, and offer spiritual support through scripture and prayer. We visit patients during their treatments or at their homes, providing them with companionship, delivering them a gift basket filled with comfort items, and sharing information and referrals to assist them in navigating through their breast cancer journey.
The gift baskets we deliver are filled with items to provide personal comfort (physical, emotional, and spiritual) related to the side-effects of their treatments, as well as from the diagnosis itself. Examples of some of the items provided include bandanas and hats, foods and drinks, skin lotions and creams, a special shirt to wear after surgery, and a handmade blanket to use for warmth during treatments and for emotional comfort. Other examples include a journal, pill holder, travel-size hand sanitizer, tissues and sunscreen, wristbands and scriptures. The referral information we share includes organizations and individuals that offer services or information to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.