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Diamonds for Dreams

The sale of diamonds, estate jewelry and other specialty jewelry items grants wishes for terminal breast cancer patients.

People suffering with breast cancer are looking to diamonds, not stars, to make their wishes come true.

A new fund-raising program, Diamonds for Dreams, part of the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, uses the sale of diamonds, estate jewelry and other specialty jewelry items to make dreams come true for patients suffering with metastatic breast cancer.

Because of the program, and the generosity of Dee Simmons of Dallas, TX, and her family, Donna Duke, a thirty nine year old woman with fourth stage, metastatic breast cancer, was able to go on a Caribbean cruise with her sisters.

Donna was told by her physicians that mammograms were not necessary until the age of forty. Her ongoing back trouble was misdiagnosed for several years. By the time she was finally properly diagnosed, her chronic back pain had put her out of work with no insurance. She was actually diagnosed through the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Her breast cancer was in metastasis and in her spine, the real source of her back pain.

Donna’s story is not unusual. There are thousands of breast cancer patients who are so financially challenged that they have to worry about how they are going to live while they are fighting for their life. Families become overwhelmed. Making Memories provides a respite from the constant struggle and gives the patients and their families a time together without the daily stresses of the diagnosis.

The Diamonds for Dreams program premiered in May 2004. The kick-off to the national campaign was held at deBoulle Jewelers in Dallas. As part of the Making Memories foundation, the innovative-new program has been able to fulfill numerous wishes.

“The wish requests will break your heart,” says Ms. Simmons. “Sometimes the wishes are for just a video camera. Many times someone needs airfare for a mother or daughter to be able to see them for a last time. We get so involved in the sickness part of cancer that the person sometimes gets lost along with their very basic emotional needs. Making Memories addresses those needs.”

Please send your diamonds and estate jewelry donations by certified mail and request a signature from the recipient (You may also ship by FedEx, UPS, or DHL) Please request a signature). Upon receipt all diamonds and estate jewelry are immediately stored in a safe deposit vault at the US Bank in Portland, OR until appraised and sold.  Send items to:

Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation
4252 SE International Way Suite J
Milwaukie, OR 97222

For additional contact info, please click here.

Lou Ann York with Wish Recipient and mother