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Dragonfly's Delights provides gift baskets to women who have been newly
diagnosed with breast cancer. Our goal is to offer women, who are
facing so many important decisions, a reminder to take a moment of
precious time, to pamper themselves and to breathe in the support,
strength, and hope from others. We want to encourage them to feel
empowered as they walk the path toward recovery.
Alice Kitselman founder of Dragonfly's Delights is a cancer survivor.
In December 2000, at the age of 39, Alice was diagnosed with breast
cancer and a rare form of bone cancer. Facing two surgeries and months
of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Alice's emotions ranged from
shock to despair to powerlessness.
Then, one day Alice received a package that lifted her spirits and
renewed her hope. In the package was a basket filled with wonderful and
caring gift items. The sender, also a breast cancer survivor was
unknown to Alice.
This anonymous gift with the loving note marked the road to my
healing. At that moment I ceased to feel powerless and alone and knew
that I wanted to pass a similar gift on to other women diagnosed with
In October 2001, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Alice put her dreams
into action. She created the Dragonfly's Delights Foundation giving
gift baskets to help comfort and soothe women newly diagnosed with
breast cancer in Northern New Mexico.
WHY THE DRAGONFLY?
The name Dragonfly's Delights was chosen for the dragonfly's
symbolism. Certain Native American cultures believe dragonflies
symbolize dreams, change, and enlightenment. In Japan, dragonflies
symbolize victory in battle. Dragonflies are believed to bring luck,
harmony, and serendipity. They are also symbols of immortality and
regeneration. In India the dragonfly is a symbol of the magic of
Dragonfly's Delight's Foundation partners with medical doctors and
oncologists in Northern New Mexico to provide the gift baskets to women
during their initial cancer treatment. Recipients are kept confidential
from Dragonfly's Delights to protect their anonymity.
Conceived by a breast cancer survivor, Dragonfly's Delights' gift
baskets send a compelling message to women newly diagnosed with cancer:
You are not alone. Delivered free of charge, the baskets have a
powerful positive impact on the recipients. Studies show that people
with cancer who know that they are not alone in their diagnosis are
happy and more hopeful and therefore better able to cope.
Local artists, business and individuals donate the unique gift items in
the baskets. Note how a sampling of the gifts are both useful and symbolic:
- A candle as a symbol of hope
- A humorous card to elicit a laugh
- A stuffed animal to comfort
- Poetry to stimulate introspection
- A milagro to inspire miracles
- Luxury bath items to soothe
- Art pieces to symbolize creativity
- A scarf or hat to provide warmth
- Messages of hope by cancer survivors, creating a bond.
"Your gift basket not only soothed my soul and nurtured my body and
spirit, it made me feel very special." ~Harriet
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We invite individuals, artists and businesses to join our community of
supporters by donating gift items for the gift baskets. We also gladly
accept tax-deductible contributions. Please call if you would like to
join our Dragonfly's Delights volunteer network. Dragonfly's Delights
is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.
DRAGONFLY'S DELIGHTS FOUNDATION
Office / Donation Drop Off:
1925 Aspen Drive, Suite 200-B
Santa Fe, NM 87505
pmb #286, 223 N. Guadalupe st.
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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