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HopeSpring Affected by the Fire at The Inn of Waterloo

Press Release: February 12, 2021

Waterloo, Ontario – HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre is located at The Inn of Waterloo and was impacted by the unfortunate fire that took place on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. HopeSpring is relieved to hear that no one was harmed and that our community partner at The Inn of Waterloo, The House of Friendship, was able to house, support and quickly triage those who were staying at The Inn. We are so inspired how our beautiful community has come forward to ensure no one would be without hygiene, clothing and other materials that inevitably would be lost due to the fire. We also acknowledge The Inn of Waterloo and all they are going through at this time.

In mid-October 2020, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre was asked to vacate our rented space within The Inn of Waterloo in order to allow the House of Friendship to be re-homed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic as supported by The Region of Waterloo. Our space at that time was directly located within the tower area of the hotel. As a gesture of goodwill and to minimize any delay of the programs The House of Friendship was running, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre swiftly removed our belongings and relocated to a meeting room at The Inn of Waterloo to store these items. In-person programming had been paused as a result of covid-19 and shifted to virtual offerings, so this allowed for a beautiful opportunity for some good to come out of what had been a very difficult pandemic for so many. We are thankful for our strong partnership with The Inn of Waterloo. Over the years, they have been extremely accommodating and supportive of the cancer care support services that we offer. At the time of the fire, HopeSpring had been exploring how and when we would be able to offer in-person programs and services again.

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre’s #1 priority since the fire has been to ensure all support programs continue on without any interruption. We quickly removed as many wigs, head caps, masks, post-mastectomy camisoles and resource items that we could when the organization found out about the fire. The entire team is synergized and focused on the delivery and execution of programming while we assess the exact impact the fire has had on the organization. All tools, resources, and belongings of the HopeSpring programming space were housed in a meeting room below where the fire took place.

A number of individuals in the community have reached out since the fire. We thank those who remembered us during this difficult time and are humbled by the offers of help. Currently, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre does not know the exact impact the fire has had on our belongings, however, we do know we will be facing loss. Many have asked how they can help. An initial list of in demand items has been gathered and is listed below. The best support at this time is through a financial donation. We ask that those who wish to donate in this way to please use our online profile on the CanadaHelps website. A charitable receipt will be issued immediately. We are a community based organization who does not receive funds from the federal, provincial, regional or local governments so all funds donated remain fully within our community helping those face their cancer journey with hope, dignity and strength.

HopeSpring Cancer Support initial needs:

  • Masks (handmade or not)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soft Cotton fabric/material to make chemo head caps
  • Large freezer bags to safely store wigs
  • Knit caps
  • Head scarves
  • Unused/new blankets
  • Quilts/fabric to make quilts
  • Inspirational notes of encouragement from community members for cancer patients/caregivers/family members
  • Yoga mats/blocks
  • New/unused pillows

As we continue to assess the full extent of the damage to HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre's belongings, we will update the list as needed.  We are extremely grateful for the consideration, generosity, and compassion from our community at this time.  Those who wish to contact HopeSpring regarding support and assistance can email or by calling (519) 742-4673 and leaving a voice message.

About HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
Until a cure for cancer is found, those facing the diagnosis need a source of support & information in order to cope with the challenges. Since 1995 HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has offered free individual and group programs and services to people living with cancer, their families and support system. You can learn more about HopeSpring by visiting  

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HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre Response to Covid-19, Holiday Tour of Homes Message

Waterloo, Ontario – HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre remains open during the province of Ontario’s lockdown. Vital services for those facing cancer include free wigs and camisoles being hand-delivered direct to member’s door and all other programming continues in a virtual setting.

The HopeSpring Holiday Tour of Homes held annually in November was canceled this year due to Covid-19, is the main marquee event for fundraising dollars to support the free services and programs for those on a cancer journey in our region. The special magic of the tour brought festive joy and spirit to the thousands who would attend every year.

With mental stress at an all-time high, HopeSpring has prepared a short Home Tour video for our community to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes which can be viewed on We hope to bring a bit of the home tour spark during this holiday season into the homes of our community.

Designers, florists and small businesses work hard each year to present the home tour. As small businesses continue to struggle and pivot as a result of COVID-19 – HOPESPRING URGES OUR COMMUNITY TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AS A FIRST OPTION WHEN CHOOSING TO MAKE A PURCHASE. It is our small businesses that support the many local charity initiatives, and this is the time to show them our support.

“I must admit that it is overwhelming to see so many charities asking for donations since COVID-19 hit. HopeSpring decided that it was important to use our Holiday Tour message as a platform to recognize our small businesses who have ensured HopeSpring continued our valuable work. Does HopeSpring need donations? The answer is yes – but our small businesses need us more than ever before and it is our time to support them. That is why we ask our community to make strategic shopping choices now and into the new year to consider shopping local and with those small businesses that support our local charities. Without them, organizations like HopeSpring could not exist.” Shawn Hlowatzki, President, HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre

Here is a list of some of the local businesses that supported HopeSpring’s Holiday Tour of Homes in recent years:
The Frugal Decorator
Not Just for the Garden
A Polished Finish
Colour Paradise
Dutch Mill Flower Shop
Artline Salon
Krajewski Gallery
Fresh Look Design
Charmed Flowers and Gifts
Living Fresh
Lilies White
Compact Sod
Strassburger Window and Doors
Chicopee Craftsmen
Julia Flowers
Jodi Leigh Designs
Sheridan Nursuries
Meadow Acres
Hi Way Flowers
ACL Steel
We are asking our local media partners to help HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre to spotlight the need and importance of supporting local. Our sincere appreciation in advance for helping create the exposure.

About HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
Until a cure for cancer is found, those facing the diagnosis need a source of support & information in order to cope with the challenges. Since 1995 HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has offered free individual and group programs and services to people living with cancer and their families. You can learn more about HopeSpring by visiting

For additional information and media inquiries please contact:

Shawn Hlowatzki – President, Board of Directors
Chair, Communications
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
(519) 404-2998

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