A photographer, a dedicated friend, a doctor: each of these individuals brought a unique point of view that resulted in a winning card in the “More Caring Messages” greeting card contest from CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards.
The winners included Holly Hildreth of Columbus, O.H., Elaine Mathis of Irmo, S.C., and Dr. Michelle Brosnan of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Their entries were illustrated by Hallmark artists.
Holly, a photographer, says she was inspired to enter the contest by her close relationship with her grandmother, who recently passed away after a battle with cancer. “She was everything a grandma should be,” Holly says. “She loved her children and grandchildren to the ends of the earth.”
Though her grandmother passed away in April, Holly says she’s comforted knowing how much love and support her family offered her grandmother during her journey through cancer. “I know it meant the world to her knowing she was loved and wasn’t leaving this world alone,” she says.
Inspired by Her Friend’s CaringBridge Website
Elaine, a program manager at the American Cancer Society, says she was inspired to enter the contest while reading the CaringBridge website of Sue, a friend who was going through cancer treatments. “Sue’s journal entries are threaded with such wisdom, courage and hope,” Elaine says.
Elaine donated her prize money from the contest to CaringBridge in Sue’s honor. “I’m looking forward to giving her the first card when it’s released,” Elaine says.
Michelle, a doctor who spent more than eight years as an emergency-room physician, says she was inspired to write her card by all the patients she had met. “I usually saw them at their sickest, most vulnerable time,” she says. “What always struck me the most was how strong some of these patients could be, even when faced with what would appear to be insurmountable obstacles.”
“I made my card for all the fighters I have come across as a physician,” Michelle says. “I just thought, ‘What kind of card would I want to send to each of my patients that has fought the fight of their lives?’”