Largest Contribution to the Patient Assistance Fund in NWHH History!

Northwest Hope and Healing Executive Director and Board of Directors present contribution to Swedish Cancer Institute

We are excited to announce that we were able to contribute $200,000 to the Northwest Hope & Healing Patient Assistance Fund at Swedish Cancer Institute! Each year our contribution has grown, and this 2022 donation is the largest to date! Executive Director, Tricia Johnson met with the Executive Medical Director of the Swedish Cancer Institute, Dr. Grethlein, and Senior Philanthropy Officer, Jordan Archer to present the contribution. We are proud to continue our strong and lasting partnership!

We would like to thank all of our supporters, donors, volunteers, and community partners for making this donation possible. 

NWHH Gives $175,000 to the Patient Assistance Fund

We are so proud to announce that we contributed a record-breaking $175,000 to our Patient Assistance Fund in 2021!

Thank you so much to all of our supporters for making a donation this size possible. These funds will help our friends and neighbors pay for everyday basics while they undergo cancer treatment.

We would also like to thank the social work team at Swedish as well as Tracey Ostrem and Dr. Sara Jo Grethlein. We are able to provide assistance to local women because of the strength of our partnership and we are honored to work with you all!

With your continued support, we hope to make an even larger contribution in 2022!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Thank You To Our Amazing Partners!

Northwest Hope and Healing raised over $55,000 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thanks to the support of our incredible community partners.

NWHH Executive Director Karyn Blasi Hellar with Pink Ribbon Army Founder Kelly Vo.

Thank You Pink Ribbon Army for raising $35,000 for Northwest Hope and Healing at your inaugural event!

The newly formed Pink Ribbon Army raised an unbelievable $35K for NWHH at their inaugural golf tournament and 5K at Chambers Bay Golf Course in Tacoma.

This event sent a powerful message to local breast and gynecologic cancer patients that a new community has arrived to offer support. Pink Ribbon Army is an incredible organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help breast cancer patients.

Thank You Darrin & Michelle Maddux For Supporting Us With Your “Go The Extra Mile-Athon”!

Darrin and Michelle Maddux are big supporters of NWHH. They learned about the organization last year and raised $15,000 in their first Mile-athon. Now, after participating as models in our Life in Color Fashion Show, they are poised to give another $15K to NWHH with this highly successful event.

Thank you to everyone who donated in support of this campaign and a special thank you to Edrington for providing a double matching donation!

Thank You Hotel Lotte For Raising Funds & Awareness For NWHH With Your Pink Menu!

Seattle’s newest luxury hotel – Lotte Hotel – supported Northwest Hope and Healing in October with a signature Pink Menu of delicious sweet treats and cocktails. Not only did this project help spread the word about NWHH to potential supporters, but also, Lotte generously donated 50% of the proceeds, ultimately raising over $1,500 for NWHH.

Thank You To Brighton Collectibles Alderwood Mall For Supporting Us With Your Power of Pink Campaign!

Brighton Collectibles at the Alderwood Mall supported us once again with their amazing Power of Pink Campaign. This initiative involved selling pink ribbon charm bracelets and donating the proceeds.

We are so grateful to have received the support of Brighton for the past several years. We always look forward to partnering with this amazing business and to visiting the store to spread the word about the good that NWHH does in the community to support local women with breast and gynecologic cancers.

NWHH Board VP Amy Murray Visiting Brighton

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events!

There are so many opportunities to support Northwest Hope and Healing this October. Thank you to all of our wonderful partners for fundraising on our behalf!

Go the Extra Mile-a-thon

It’s time to go the extra mile for Northwest Hope and Healing! NWHH supporters and fashion show models Darrin & Michelle Maddux are supporting us with their third annual mile-athon fundraiser.

Sponsor Darrin by donating per mile as he rides and runs for NWHH and your donation will be double matched by his employer – Edrington. Triple your impact by making a donation today!

Lotte Hotel – Pink Menu

Visit Seattle’s newest luxury hotel – Lotte Hotel – and sample delicious chocolates and cocktails at Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge as you take in panoramic views of the city. The best part? Order something from their “Pink Menu” during the month of October and 50% of the value of your purchase will be donated to NWHH. Simple as that!

Pink Ribbon Army – Golf Tournament & 5K

Join Pink Ribbon Army for their inaugural Golf Tournament, 5K, 1K, and Auction on October 9th!

PRA will be generously donating the proceeds from these events to Northwest Hope and Healing.

Brighton Collectibles – Alderwood Mall
Power of Pink Campaign

Since 2003, Brighton has donated over $6.8 million to breast cancer charities in an effort to help the women and the families who are suffering from this disease.

This year Brighton Alderwood is partnering with NW Hope and Healing. They are generously donating $10 for every Power of Pink Bracelet sold during the month of October.

30 Minute Hit Capitol Hill – Commun(Hit)y Fundraiser Events

Support Northwest Hope & Healing while getting in shape by attending one of the many events 30 Minute Hit Capitol Hit is throwing throughout the month.

Trainer Payback – Donate $5 to swap places with your trainer for a station of your choosing

Guys Night! – For a $20 donation, bring the man in your life to experience the circuit

Hit Camp – For a $25 donation, partner up, hit some pads, and have fun!

Society, A Salon – Ladies Month Market

Join Society, A Salon on October 22nd for a fun night of wine and shopping!

100% of raffle proceeds and 20% of all retail sales will go directly to Northwest Hope & Healing

Tickets are available for purchase now!

HOTWORX Auburn Lakeland Hills – Pink Wednesdays

Every Wednesday at HOTWORX, wear Pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Donations received on these days will benefit Northwest Hope & Healing.

StrongHer Charity Team Training – Vigor Ground Fitness

Join Coach Jess on October 15 at 9am at Vigor Ground Fitness for raffles (value ranging from $10-$400) and local pop-up shops.

There is a minimum donation of $10 at the door. You will receive a raffle ticket for every $5 donation!

Hope & Harmonies – Over $16,000 Raised!

Northwest Hope and Healing hosted our second annual live benefit concert on Friday, March 5th! We were thrilled to partner with local musicians Dain Weisner and Andy & Georgia Seltzer, as well as our amazing volunteer Jeanie Luckenbaugh, to bring our supporters a night of live entertainment and delicious food and drink from Parish NW. Our incredible community came together to raise over $16,000 for local women undergoing breast and gynecologic cancer treatment.

If you were unable to attend the live show, you can watch a full recording on our Facebook page by clicking on the button below:

Swedish Medical Center Talks about Northwest Hope & Healing


Northwest Hope and Healing — A Community Rallying Around Women With Cancer

Originally published on the Swedish Foundation Website

Cancer is challenging enough on its own. For patients struggling to pay everyday expenses while balancing the cost of their medical care, it can compound an already stressful experience.

“Nobody chooses to get cancer,” says Karyn Blasi Hellar, executive director of Northwest Hope & Healing (NWHH) since 2017. “It’s not fair.” She’s heard from women who have lost their jobs and insurance, gone through divorces and even given birth, all while fighting cancer.

That’s why she’s passionate about providing financial relief and support through NWHH for patients undergoing treatment for their breast and gynecological cancers at the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Founded in 2000, NWHH has raised more than $1.5 million dollars in the past 20 years to support our Patient Assistance Fund which provides grants to patients in need. Not only that, they also donate comforting items like scarves, tea and comfy slippers which NWHH volunteers assemble into Healing Gift Boxes.

For many NWHH volunteers, the work is personal. Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women in Washington, and survivors and relatives make up the majority of NWHH’s volunteer force. Whether it’s assembling Healing Gift Boxes or helping at events, they’re supporting women through the financial challenges a cancer diagnosis can bring.

For some patients, the list of worries can feel endless, but a patient assistance grant made possible through NWHH can help cross off one thing, like groceries, utility bills, childcare or parking expenses for frequent hospital visits.

And the benefits go beyond the financial. While the average Patient Assistance Fund grant of $500 won’t solve every problem, just knowing that others care can be a comfort to women during their treatment. “It’s the small acts of kindness that make a big difference to these patients,” says Karyn.

Karyn brings 15 years of experience in breast cancer administration to this role, including managing breast imaging at Swedish where she saw first-hand the impact that cancer could have on patients. She also has an MBA, so she’s uniting her passion for women’s health with her business know-how. As NWHH’s only full-time employee, she’s determined to minimize costs wherever she can, including by working out of her home, rather than renting office space. Her goal is to make every donation and volunteer hour count.

“It’s amazing to see how kind and generous people can be,” she says. “I’m inspired by our community every day.” And thanks to the NWHH community, more than 400 women in the last year alone received help.

Cork Fork Support 2019

Thank you for a wonderful CORK FORK SUPPORT 2019!

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, we had an amazing evening celebrating the work of Northwest Hope and Healing, and our fabulous community.

Friends, colleagues and neighbors came together at Melrose Market Studios on Capitol Hill to enjoy tastes of local wines, cider, brews, and spirits along with delectable hors d’oeuvres, followed by a short inspirational program showcasing NW Hope & Healing’s mission.

We’re thrilled to announce that we raised over $72,000 to support this great work into the Holiday Season and over the next year!

We would like to extend a special thank you to this year’s participants:

Thank you for supporting NW Hope & Healing, for making a difference in cancer patients’ lives and for sharing in our celebration of that work at Cork, Fork, & Support!


Announcing Northwest Hope & Healing’s Seventeeth Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser


  • Funds Raised Benefit Local Women* Who Are Undergoing Breast and Gynecological Cancer Treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute and Struggling to Meet Basic Financial Obligations
  • Event Sponsors Include Local Boutiques, Couture Designers, Make-Up Artists and Businesses
  • Since 2000, NWH&H Has Provided 10,000+ Healing Gift Boxes and Raised Nearly $2M in Funds to Assist More Than 2,500 Local People In Need


SEATTLE, April 3, 2019 — Northwest Hope & Healing, a Puget Sound-based 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides immediate financial assistance to women who are undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute, announced today that the organization’s premiere fundraising event, STYLE ’19, will be held on June 7, 2019 at the King Street Ballroom in downtown Seattle.

“Unfortunately, for many women, breast or gynecological cancer is not only a health emergency but also a financial catastrophe,” said Karyn Blasi-Hellar, executive director of Northwest Hope & Healing. “Imagine sitting in chemo while worrying about how to put food on the table, or facing surgery while worrying about paying for childcare. We believe that cancer is hard enough, and that nobody should have to face hunger, eviction, or having the lights turned off during treatment due to a lack of funds. The money we raise during our annual Fashion Shows allow us to give immediate financial assistance to these women in need at Swedish Cancer Institute by offering both financial grants, as well as comforting Healing Baskets to let them know they are not alone.”

In 2018, NWH&H gave 400 grants to patients in need, totaling a record breaking $140,000 and hand-delivered more than 300 healing baskets. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has provided over 10,000 Healing Baskets to newly diagnosed breast or gynecological cancer patients, and raised close to $2,000,000, which has assisted over 2,500 patients and their families in financial need.

“I have been personally moved by this organization and what they do to support both women and men who are going through some of the worst times in their lives,” said Shelly Hughes, a past grant recipient and volunteer model coordinator for the show. “Like me, many of this year’s models have been directly impacted by cancer – several are survivors or even currently undergoing treatment. To watch them walk on stage in front of so many people, all in support of women and their families in the Pacific Northwest, is both inspiring and truly humbling.”

STYLE ’19 will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail hour where guests can enjoy bubbles, cocktails and appetizers while they mingle and check out a variety of silent auction items. The fashion show, featuring styles from local boutiques and couture designers, will begin at 7:00pm and will include a live auction and paddle raise, followed by an after-the-show dance party.

Tickets are now available for purchase here. For those unable to attend, or who are feeling generous, a “Sponsor a Model” option is also available and will allow for more of our model’s friends and family to come cheer them on while they strut the runway.

*Occasionally, NWH&H also helps men diagnosed with breast cancer. Approximately 2,600 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.

About Northwest Hope & Healing (NWH&H)

NWH&H is a Puget Sound-based nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial assistance to women undergoing breast or gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute who are struggling to meet their basic needs. NWH&H’s patient assistance funds can be applied towards everyday living expenses such as child care or groceries, reliable transportation, or emergency rent. They are granted on the spot, without lengthy application forms or approval processes.


Karyn Blasi-Hellar
Executive Director, Northwest Hope & Healing
Ph: (1) 206-715-7112

Jennifer Price
Media Relations, Northwest Hope & Healing
Ph: (1) 917-567-7136

Our Annual Style 19 Fashion Fundraiser Was a Huge Success!

Our annual Style ’19 fashion show raised almost $400,000 to support the work of Northwest Hope and Healing!

This year’s glamorous event was held on Friday June 7 at the King Street Ballroom, where we had an amazing night bidding on fabulous packages, cheering on patient and survivor models as they walked the runway, and listening to our inspirational keynote speaker, Courtney, share her story of hope and healing.

Through your compassionate giving, women and men facing diagnosis will know that they are not alone. You will make patients’ burdens a little lighter, and surround them with hope and healing in a time of fear and sadness. Words can’t express how much of a difference you’ll make in their lives.

Thanks to Our “Fab Five” Boutiques

Thanks to Thrive Causemetics!

We were honored to receive a donation of Thrive Causemetics to be used in two ways: 1)  by the makeup artists on our models; and (2) in our healing gift boxes that we give to all newly diagnosed breast or gynecological cancer patients at Swedish Hospital. Because of their generosity, we’ve been able to save on the expense of products while partnering with an organization that is passionate about similar causes.

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Cork Fork Support 2018 was a success!

Our 2018 Fall Fundraiser was a Complete Success!

Over 100 supporters tasted local wines, cider and spirits, enjoyed delectable hors d’oeuvres, bid on awesome auction packages, and best of all… raised over $45,000 to support Northwest Hope & Healing!

A very warm thank you to all of you who joined us last night—including Jen Pricey, Jen Smiley, Kyle Johnson, all of our sponsors and donors, the wineries, distilleries, and breweries, our amazing volunteers, and the awesome Melrose Market Studios.

We also want to give a very big thank you to all of the social workers, patient education staff, and Dr. Tierney who participated in the night’s program.

Cork, Fork, & Support is just one of the ways we remain able to make an immediate difference to local women who are undergoing treatment at the Swedish Cancer Institute for breast or gynecologic cancer. 

As one of Northwest Hope and Healing’s three major annual fundraisers, this event enables us to provide these women with immediate financial assistance—funds that can be applied towards everyday living expenses such as childcare or groceries, reliable transportation and/or emergency rent. With the holidays right around the corner, patients will be struggling even more. Some of these women would be unable to make an electric bill payment or even put food on the table for their children, were it not for our support.

If you weren’t able to make it to Cork, Fork, & Support 2018, or if you feel like giving a little more this holiday season, please click here:


On behalf of all of us at Northwest Hope and Healing, thank you for your kindness and generosity this holiday season. We wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Thanksgiving.

With Thanks to Our Sponsors