For cancer patients
The Bottles of Hope project was started in 1999 by a very special person, Diane Gregoire, who is a cancer survivor and polymer clay artist. In her own words, this is how Diane conceived the idea. "I was actually getting a chemo treatment at the Woman and infant's Breast Health Center and playing with my clay. On the days of my treatment I was there for 6 to 7 hours everyweek, and I noticed that the nurses threw away tons of small glass bottles. After making sure they were non toxic, I took some home and covered them with clay and made tops for them. When I brought them back in for the nurses they LOVED them and so did some of the patients who saw me making them. They seemed fascinated with the clay and the colors and for a while, they made people forget where they were. I strted giving them away to the friends I had made at the center and called them "Wish Bottles" I told my friends to make a wish and write it down and put it in the bottle, and it would come true. I don't know why but we all beleived this...maybe because we wanted to, or that it was something to hold on to. But they loved these little bottles. They brought together- for one moment- women sharing pain without having to speak about it. Now all the staff has them and they are all over! I bring them down and put them on the window sil, and when the patients ask, the nurses tell them about me amd the meaning of the bottles, which now have grown into "Bottles of Hope!"