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The “More Caring Messages” Greeting Card Contest Winners

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?’”

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Maria Jun 13, 2014 2:41am
Congratulations to all the winners. All the messages are touching and uplifting. I hope Hallmark and CaringBridge continues in the future in this wonderful joint venture.
Rosa Linda Bazan Jun 11, 2014 3:56pm
What a wonderful idea or all scrapbookers. We are always making cards, we have so many pieces so paper left over from our projects. We could send some from our Northern Guild in Sycamore. Where could we send some to the children in these hospital going for threatments? My our grand daughter is a Caring Bridge child fighting an unknown illness for almost 5 years.
Nancy Bireley Jun 11, 2014 6:16am
What a wonderful idea ! Being a Kansas City girl at heart, I'm extra pleased that Hallmark Cards stepped up to the plate to be a part of this encouraging project.
laura Jun 05, 2014 9:50am
The messages and cards are beautiful! Congrats to the winners! I love that Hallmark and CaringBridge are working together; what a wonderful pairing. Keep up the good work!