During the first week of my senior year of high school, my brother was diagnosed with bone cancer. At the time, I loved making earrings and would often make them for family and friends. During one of my brother's hospital stays, a little girl with leukemia saw some of the earrings I made for my mom, and she requested that I make her two pairs—a red one and one with her name on them. Seeing the smile on her face when she received her earrings made me want to make them for others.
At age 19, I founded the Regalia for Hope Project as a college student. With a grant from the University of South Carolina and the help of about 500 volunteers, I gave more than 3,000 handmade earring pairs and handwritten messages of hope to females with cancer at hospitals and oncology centers in the Carolinas and Illinois. For my work, I was selected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2011 and 2012. Photos on this page show earrings we made and gave to patients.
Through the Euth Foundation, I am re-launching Regalia for Hope®, continuing my work to inspire hope.
With love and hope,
Dr. Elizabeth Ruth Wilson