Hope in Bloom is a program aimed at raising both awareness and financial benefit for area non-profit organizations.

The focus will be on non-profit organizations whose missions are to improve the health and wellness of children, families, and the overall community. Each month, Hilltop Florist will partner with a different non-profit organization, design a custom floral arrangement, and donate 20% of the proceeds to the selected organization to support their cause.

For the entire month of October, Hilltop Florist is partnering with the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund (JZCF) to help raise the community’s awareness of cancer and encourage support.

“Like so many people, cancer has directly impacted our lives. The fact we have an organization that helps those in our area by providing support and access to much needed information and resources is vital in anyone’s cancer journey. Through their JZ Caring Box program, and collaboration with other worthy cancer support organizations such as the American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA and grow MANkato, the JZCF not only helps to comfort and support patients but increases community education and awareness about cancer, preventative health and more. Cancer is a life-changing disease – spreading the word about prevention in our community and helping survivors reclaim their total health is something we feel passionate about. We would love to live in a world free of cancer,” said Deb Newman, owner of Hilltop Florist.

As cancer continues to be a leading cause of death in Minnesota and across the country, the JZCF is committed to community cancer awareness and support. In January, 2018, JZCF launched their signature program, the JZ Caring Box – and has now suppled over 1,000 care packages to area cancer patients. The JZ Caring Box is specially designed for community members diagnosed with cancer and contains items to provide support and comfort, as well as access to important information and resources for these patients, their families and care givers. Each box includes a warm, comfortable blanket, an award-winning cookbook to reduce adverse disease and treatment side-effects, and provide essential patient nutrition, a journal, inspirational messages and a gift envelope that contains helpful information, a list of important resources and a gift card.

The JZ Cancer Fund also partners and collaborates with multiple organizations that provide important information, resources, and services to area cancer patients to help increase community cancer awareness and education.

“The Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund is proud and honored to have been selected by Hilltop Florist as their Hope in Bloom partner during October. This is a very generous and wonderful program initiated by Hilltop Florist to support the Greater Mankato non-profit community. We truly appreciate the financial support that Hope and Bloom will contribute and the increased public awareness this program will provide the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund, our important work and our vision to help change the cancer journey,” said Tami Paulsen, Director of the Jonathan Zierdt Cancer Fund.

For more information regarding Hope in Bloom, visit https://www.hilltopflorist.com/about/Hope%20in%20Bloom.