Blossom of Hope
Blossom of Hope 2023
Join the Pink Wave!
Our purpose again in 2023 is to focus on diagnosis and treatment and raise funds to improve breast cancer outcomes, with the specific goal of purchasing biopsy needles and breast tissue markers, critical to optimal care and yet not adequately covered by the State.
Out suite of events include a gala charity concert and auction to herald the arrival of Spring, partnership with the Vilnius Marathon to provide information about cancer prevention including self breast-exams, our #pinkwavelt wrapped monuments to promote awareness, and our #pinkwave23 pink bus screening tour to enable women in less accessible regions to obtain mammography and other critical preventive and diagnostic care in October 2023, International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Wear pink, show off your healthy recipes, share self-examination tips, show us your favourite workouts and repost your favourite feminine art while hashtagging #pinkwavelt on all social media platforms to help us raise awareness and funds for this cause during International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
IWAV will help women from certain less-accessible regions in Lithuania to have access to state-of-the-art cancer diagnosis and treatment!
In partnership with Nacionalinis vėžio institutas we will work with local doctors and municipalities to identify patients in need and physically transport them to the hospital where leading radiologists and oncologists can provide efficient screening and immediate clinical care.
To find out more and/or sign up, click here.
10th of September 2023
Take part in Lithuania's biggest running event with up to 10,000 participants!
Choose from a selection of distances, children's run, donate to Blossom of Hope while registering and come visit our tent on the day!
We will be there from 7:00 - 19:00 providing goodies, #pinkwave caps for a donation of 20 EUR, t-shirts for 10EUR, breast cancer prevention and diagnosis information by Nacionalinis vėžio institutas & its doctors, freebies including pink water by Birštonas, coffee by Lavazza, probiotic drinks by Zoe and more!
Blossom of Hope Gala Charity Concert on March 24, 2023
More than one hundred guests gathered on March 24, 2023 at the beautiful National Gallery of Art (Nacionalinė dailės galerija). The theme was "Dainuoju viltį“ (translated as "I sing hope“) and the program featured a musical performance by tenor Antanas Zakarauskas inspired by the personal journey of his mother’s illness with breast cancer, an auction to raise funds for breast cancer supplies and a cocktail dinner reception with tunes by DJ Leon Somov. Photos from the event can be found here.
About Blossom of Hope
Lithuania sees 1700 new breast cancer cases every year, the most common cancer in women with a 10% lifetime risk.
Despite the incidence rate of breast cancer in Lithuania being below the European average, the mortality rate is higher than the European average
(Ferlay, J et al, 2018).
90% of women with breast cancer recover with early detection and the best available treatment and care.
For the past 15 years, IWAV has mobilized the Lithuanian and international business, artistic, diplomatic and medical communities around supporting breast cancer care in Lithuania. Over the course of its first 14 years, Blossom of Hope has raised 300 000€ to purchase and distribute free medical supplies for cancer diagnostics to leading hospitals.