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Cancer Survivor Breaks Down When She Discovers ‘Hope’ Rock Left Near Her Car By Total Stranger

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Nancy Hicks was leaving a clothing store in late September 2017 when a brightly painted pink rock caught her eye.

This rock wasn’t just a little kid’s art project. In fact, a grown woman had left it there. And the message on the rock read “Hope” — with a ribbon for breast cancer.

“It touched me in a way that I can’t even explain,” Nancy told WKBW TV in Buffalo, New York.

Nancy is a breast cancer survivor. “It was in 2001,” she said of her diagnosis. “I think it will always be a part of my life — thank God I’m cancer-free.”

The stranger who left it, Theresa Wrobel, had no idea Nancy was a breast cancer survivor. Theresa is part of Sweet Buffalo Rocks, an organization that paints rocks with messages of support, awareness, and hope for those battling cancer.

Along with other volunteers, Theresa leaves the rocks in random places around town, sometimes with gift cards.

“I lost my father to liver cancer in 2010,” Theresa said, explaining why the project is so close to her heart. “I just wanted to put inspiration out there to people.”

As if it were fate, Theresa’s breast cancer rock, which she made for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, fell into the hands of a breast cancer survivor.

“To do something good and have it bring meaning to somebody — it made my day,” Theresa said.

Even talking about it now, Nancy begins to cry. “That rock means a lot to me,” she says, “and [will] forever be a reminder of that day.”

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Footage provided by WKBW Buffalo

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