In a normal year, Cops 4 Cancer hosts event after event in an effort to raise money to help families affected by cancer.
The flags are arranged in a circle, each one tagged with the name from a donor represented within what Felecia Rasumussen is calling the Circle of Hope.
Rasmussen had traveled to visit her mother-in-law in Minnesota when she saw something similar to the Circle of Hope, which now resides in Ottawa’s Jordan block. She thought of the Jordan Block immediately, which had been sitting empty.
“I decided to do this with Cops 4 Cancer because they always do such huge fundraisers, like Boobapalooza in Cedar Point and all the other different fundraisers, and they haven’t been able to do them,” Rasmussen said. “They help out a lot of people that are down on their luck, need treatment or need help.”
Rasmussen said for every $10 that people donate, her husband is making tags on his 3-D printer that will be put on the flags.
Rasmussen, herself, is a breast cancer survivor.
“I’ve gone through a lot,” Rasmussen said. “I was diagnosed on Dec.11, 2006, and I ended up losing everything from the waist up. I had high doses of chemotherapy and radiation, and I was dose-dense, which means I needed double the treatment. It’s rough on the body and on the family.”
After her experience, she knew she wanted to do something for an organization that helps those who need it.
“I ordered all the flags knowing it would be October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I really think it should be about all cancer,” Rasmussen said. “My mom had breast cancer, and she died of ovarian cancer in 2005. A lot of people I know have, unfortunately, had to deal with the disease. I wanted to do something for people to represent their families.”
Rasmussen said Block Electric and Sunrise Electric donated 100 of the flag poles and delivered them. Fastenal and Farm and Fleet donated hardware to make the project possible.
Rasmussen called the Circle of Hope a “crash idea” she knew she wanted to act on immediately.
“I think the Circle of Hope is a two-point contact at this point,” Rasmussen said. “The Circle of Hope is for cancer patients who are fighting but also for the world we live in right now. With the way things are, we all hope they get better.”
Anyone who would like to participate can contact Rasmussen through Facebook. She is accepting payments through Paypal, but she’s also willing to do other options for people who contact her.