Breast cancer survivor brings hope to patients

Photo submitted Naomi Sutliff (left), breast cancer survivor and creator of Sutliff's Hope Project, is pictured with LouAnn Drown, manager of Grand Mesa Oncology & Infusion Center, owned and operated by Delta County Memorial Hospital.

Breast cancer survivor Naomi Sutliff is bringing hope to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

In December 2014, Sutliff was diagnosed with triple negative BRCA positive breast cancer. This particular cancer is one that tends to be more aggressive with a lower survival rate. As a cancer survivor, Sutliff knows all too well the complexities of a cancer diagnosis. She was faced with physical, emotional and financial difficulty as a result of her diagnosis. With the support of her family and friends, Sutliff was able to beat the odds. Sutliff went through a spiritual transformation throughout the course of her treatment and found a new purpose in life. That purpose is now helping other cancer patients who are undergoing treatment for cancer, by giving them hope.

Naomi's Hope Project began when Love and Jerry Sandoval, Shawna Bollig and her husband Duane became the first board members for "Sutliff's Hope Foundation." They did a silent auction and a golf tournament at Devil's Thumb Golf Course. The golf tournament was set up to help Sutliff with her medical bills. Her family worked hard in the kitchen, to provide a full Mexican buffet. More than 140 community members showed up for the event. Surprised by the large turnout, Sutliff decided to host an annual fundraising event. This event is now on its third year.

Sutliff has become progressively more passionate about her Hope Project and her dream to extend hope to other cancer patients is now becoming a reality. Chemo care packages are now being offered through The Hope Project. The care packages consist of a variety of items to help patients endure their treatments including gift cards, gas cards, and grocery store gift cards.

Naomi's Hope Project is an act of kindness when patients are faced with a diagnosis of cancer. It's not the items in the bag that mean the most to patients, but the act of kindness gives them hope. For additional information about The Hope Project or to donate to this worthy cause, go to the Facebook page for Naomi's Hope Project, online at, or call (970) 209-8978.


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