Little Pink Houses of Hope, Needed Retreat in New Hampshire

Jeanine Patten-Cobble was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. A day after being diagnosed with “an aggressive malignant tumor in her right breast”, Jeanine found herself running on a beach in North Carolina during the annual vacation of his family, according to a People article.

She didn’t know how to tell her 11-year-old son, Jake, and was running for an answer.

During her run, Jeanine saw a beachfront property with dozens of empty vacation homes. She had an epiphany.

Jeanine wanted to create a vacation community where breast cancer patients and their families could get away to relax, be with loved ones, and distract them from the horrible disease they were battling.

So that’s what she did. A year later, after successfully completing her chemo and radiotherapy, Jeanine Patten-Cobble created her non-profit organization: Little Pink Houses of Hope.

Jeanine works with property owners and managers across the country to donate their homes for free week-long retreats. There, breast cancer patients and their families can get away from it all and feel part of a larger community where they can see other families and survivors who have gone through or are going through the same thing.

“Over the past 12 years, she and a network of volunteers…have provided vacations, complete with food and activities like ziplining, for nearly 2,000 families,” according to People.

“We’re creating an environment where they don’t feel so isolated anymore,” Jeanine tells People. “Walking alongside them as they create priceless memories is such a privilege.”

The non-profit organization has retreat areas throughout the country. On the website, there are five areas that have retreats in place: Caribbean, Midwest, West, Southeast, and Northeast.

I noticed the Northeast section only had one retreat available in Ocean City, MD, and I think we Northeast people can do better. I think we have phenomenal areas in our corner of the country, from Hampton Beach to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and even from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to Wells, Maine.

The organization, Little Pink Houses of Hope, has an incredible message and purpose. There are tons of rented/Airbnb homes in New England. I think this area is a great area for a breast cancer patient and family retreat.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for this amazing program, check out the website to volunteer. You will also see an option to apply for a retreat on the website.

“Toshika Hudson-Canon, 43, Charlotte-area youth track coach – who was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in January and spent a week at a beach house in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, in August with her three children and her husband — found the getaway to be relaxing and transformative,” according to People.

“It was life changing,” she says, “especially for my kids, who became friends with other kids in the same situation.”

I love this organization and want to see it in New Hampshire. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, excluding skin cancers, according to cancer.org. “That’s about 30% (or 1 in 3) of all new female cancers each year.”

Hopefully we will soon see “Little Pink Houses of Hope” retreats in New Hampshire.

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