There are moments in life when you come to a crossroads, wondering where to go next with your life. Our sister, Cathy (Glavan) Schulze, hit a crossroads following her first battle with Breast Cancer. After months of treatments, doctor’s appointments, cards and letters, support from other people, it was time to re-enter her normal life, but as a cancer patient this created a dilemma. What is “normal”? Cathy’s search led to the developing of Healing Opportunities through Personal Enrichment (HOPE) Retreat™ for Breast Cancer Survivors. A retreat she designed to help women reflect, candidly discuss their experience, identify positive changes, and celebrate survivors’ courage.
They’re known as the Mary C’s: Mary Catherine, Mary Claudia and Mary Cynthia. Cathy, the youngest of the three, created her vision of HOPE through designing the workbook and weekend retreat. The Mary C’s got together to brainstorm and to make Cathy’s dream of a HOPE Retreat a reality. Each sister contributed their own talents and abilities to HOPE. Together they accomplished what neither could do alone. The three sisters were set to create HOPE.
The HOPE Retreat
Explore. Empower. Enhance.
The HOPE Retreat gives each woman a place to grieve, heal, laugh, cry, grow, and leave believing she is stronger than when she arrived. Over a weekend women come together for, what could be described as, the combination of a soul-searching experience and a healing spa trip. Each woman’s goal is to explore their feelings, empower themselves, and enhance their lives through group discussion, workbook activities, and more.
After Cathy passed away on April 3, 2004, at the age of 42, it became clear that her vision of a nonprofit organization to help women must live on. Sisters HOPE will continue her legacy of touching so many lives in such a positive light with every new retreat and each new survivor.
Healing Opportunities through Personal Enrichment (HOPE) Retreat ™
For Breast Cancer Survivors
The mission of the HOPE Retreat program is to enhance the lives of women who have recently completed treatment for breast cancer by providing a safe, supportive environment for self-reflection, education and exploration of the cancer experience with a focus on identifying positive life changes.