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Handbags give hope to cancer research

Handbags for Hope event raised over $13,000 for neuroblastoma research
Team 4 Hope hosted a fundraiser

When Lisa Hopkins' son Jordan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age two, he was given a 20 per cent chance of survival. Now, Jordan is 16 years old and cancer free.

Five years ago, Hopkins started a non-profit organization, Team 4 Hope, to raise money for neuroblastoma research.

“As we went through the whole process of his treatment and afterwards, it became quite apparent that more research needed to be done on neuroblastoma because it still had quite a high mortality rate,” she said.

Over the last five years, Hopkins and her team have raised over $300,000 and have funded three research projects through the BC Cancer Agency and BC Children's Hospital Foundation.

On Friday night, Team 4 Hope raised another $13,535 by selling new and gently used handbags, jewelry and scarves.

Handbags for Hope took place at the Willow Stream Spa at the Empress Hotel. Over 700 handbags were donated for the evening, and around 150 women went shopping for charity.

Part of the money raised from Handbags for Hope is already designated for a research project starting later this month at BC Children's Hospital.

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