A world without hope is like a world without possibility. HOPE makes Huge Outcomes Possible Everyday! Author and Founder Maryann Makekau is on a mission to inspire others about the infectious quality of hope.
Hope Matters was founded on the desire to make a difference in hurting lives worldwide. That motivation began with our Little Pink Book™ series. From the first book to bless a friend in need, a channel of hope was born. [hr] Now, with six published titles, representing two bilingual series (Little Pink Book and Little Patriot Book), the need is clear. No matter how old you are when coping with cancer, deployment to war, Alzheimer’s disease, or other difficult journeys, “the child within” is impacted. Through whimsical stick-characters, unpretentious storylines and energetic presentations, sharing hope is our first concern—because hope matters!
How Ideas Are Born
When Your Teacher Has Cancer was written on pink paper in December 2008 to help a friend diagnosed with breast cancer. Maryann's visit to her friend's 2nd grade classroom revealed that every child knew someone who had battled cancer. It was real and it was personal, and they wanted to be part of her healing journey. The story’s palpable tools for children (and adults) struck a heart-chord. The creative engine behind Hope Matters’ artistic brilliance comes from 20/30north Studios, where the lead designer shines hope through stick- characters, advocacy, products, and an online presence. A shared passion and a touch of whimsy between mother and son paved the way to make a hopeful difference in hurting lives worldwide.
Who We Help
It goes beyond touching lives with storylines and advocacy events. A portion of our proceeds from book sales benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation; The CLIMB Program of The Children’s Treehouse Foundation; The After Breast Cancer Program; and The National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Camps.
Applause for Hope Matters
“Maryann has brought a story that has not been told to children before, yet many children are living it every day. This book [When Your Mom Has Cancer] provides hope and encouragement to those families living with cancer and the children affected by the disease.” Rebecca Sizemore Licensed Oncology Social Worker
“Thanks a million for your willingness to include MAKERS in your bullet-proofing-kids article (for TIME.com). It was a pleasure to work with you. Fabulous job on your other work at Hope Matters – I’m sure it makes you excited to jump out of bed every day.” Very best, Valentine O’Connor Public Relations at AOL.com
“150 pages of sound observations and good advice – only it’s condensed into 30 pages with Large Type. This is a book for all to read and consider and reconsider. Well written by adults to be easily understood by children and other adults. Worth pulling out to read and look at again, when a symptom suddenly appears in the lips or behaviors of any family or friend who is living with dementia. Great advice for every family member; applies to Grandpas too, as well as friends, uncles, aunts, cousins, and so on. Thanks for the creative effort. I’ll keep it handy in my library.” Richard Taylor, Ph.D. Author of Alzheimer’s From the Inside Out and co-founder of the ‘I Can! I Will’ project
“I finally sat down to read When Your Grandma Forgets. What a well written and so informative little book. I had tears reading how the disease changes a normal person to one lost in a cloud. We know so little about Alzheimer’s and how we should act around those with the disease. I will treasure this book and take it back to my family in Greece. Blessings to you for helping us learn and understand." Effie K. Wife of a Pastor
"Thank you for your important and moving commentary. As an Army brat, and now a disabled veteran myself, I know to well how hard it can be on the children. Thank GOD someone is now thinking of them!" Ronald H. Reader
"What a wonderful interview! Hope really does matter and your books and message are so inspirational! I just shared on our closed lung cancer Facebook page and a few other pages. " Jill F. cancer survivor
"You made me cry and then laugh and then cry again! Thank you for this message of hope! " Sheila T. Reader
“In the highly acclaimed little pink book When Mom’s Cancer Doesn’t Go Away author Maryann Makekau tackles the issue of loss with honesty and optimism. Written from the perspective of a child, it offers suggestions for creating memories of mom, or ‘momories,’ to help children grieve and heal. Memories help us keep our loved ones alive in our hearts.” Issels Integrative Oncology Centers, California & Mexico
“Cancer is an experience, as life, and not just a diagnosis. If you haven’t been properly taught how to manage life’s difficulties, this little pink book can guide you through the experience and be your teacher. When that happens you’ll become more complete and the curse becomes a blessing.” Very best, Bernie Siegel, MD Author of Faith, Hope and Healing &365 Prescriptions for Living
Magnifying Hope - A Worldwide Snapshot [hr] Alta Bates Medical Center Berkeley, CA ~ Banner Alzheimer's Institute, AZ ~ Leeza Gibbon's Memory Foundation ~ Dana Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA ~ Hospice of Maui, HI ~ Linebaugh Public Library, TN ~ UCSF Cancer Center, CA ~ Emory Winship Cancer Institute, GA ~ Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, TN ~ Sunrise School, WI ~ The Pink Fund, MI ~ Cancer Treatment Centers of America ~ University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center ~ UAB Palliative Care, AL ~ Niceville Public Library, FL ~ Middle Tennessee Christian School ~ Florosa Elementary, FL ~ Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, AZ ~ Brooks Funeral Home ~ Play Therapy Services, FL ~ All American Speakers.com ~ Patient Advocate Foundation, VA ~ Airman and Family Readiness Centers ~ Amazon.com ~ Barnes and Noble.com ~ Books A Million.com ~ Tower Books, Saudi Arabia ~ Ebay.com ~ Good Reads.com ~ Fish Pond Books, Australia ~ Faith Deployed Resources ~ Operation We Are Here.com ~ Martina McBride's Global Charity "Team Martina"
We’re passionate about sharing a message of hope. See our contact page to schedule an interview, keynote address or interactive presentation. [hr] "Hope is the most essential tool in any journey", Maryann explains. "It’s an anchor that gets you through the tough, dark times, and an opportunity to nurture and celebrate one another. In those moments, it's vital to demonstrate, understand, and communicate your doubt. Give a voice to worry; if you don’t, it will suffocate hope.”