Local jeweler, Stacey Page, knows how difficult it can be to watch a loved one suffer from cancer. Her mother passed away 12 years ago at age 70 from kidney cancer, which Page says was a “painful process”. That is one reason why Page, who owns Hingham Jewelers along with her husband, David, has created a special charm to commemorate the annual Moonlight and Miracles gala that is held annually to generate support for cancer patients that are being treated at South Shore Hospital.
The charm depicts a moon and a cross-like design that illustrates the four points of healing. Page feels that it is very rewarding to create a piece of jewelry with such a powerful meaning.
“At first the charm was going to be made specifically for the event,” Page says. “But then we [members of the Moonlight and Miracles planning committee] thought that if we were going to create a piece of jewelry with such meaning behind it, we should make it for everyone.”
Page designed the charm in silver, yellow gold, and white gold and has engraved the year on the back.
“This may be the first charm in a series,” Page says, adding that people could create an entire charm bracelet to distinguish each gala, but also to honor friends and loved ones who have suffered from cancer.
“This could make a very special gift for someone who has been touched by cancer,” she says. “To let them know you care.” Page emphasizes that the charm isn’t just for women. “The charm could be placed on a chain, bracelet, or keychain. It’s just a meaningful gift.”
Friend and fellow committee member, as well as a breast cancer survivor, Paige Kane, is excited about the new construction that is now underway to build the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital. The South Weymouth location will be an out-patient facility that will offer a new level of cancer care for people living on the South Shore.
“I originally got involved in the committee for the annual gala to benefit the new cancer center last year,” she says. “The gala last year featured ‘the journey of hope,’ which portrayed about a dozen cancer survivors from the South Shore, myself included. I was treated on the South Shore and I am so thrilled that there will be a world class cancer center built in partnership with South Shore Hospital, Dana Farber, and Brigham and Women’s in our back yard! Stacey has been involved for quite some time.”
Kane is thrilled with Page’s creative design and dedication to helping those touched by cancer. “The charm that Stacey designed is simple and elegant. It is such an amazing story for a local jeweler to be so personally involved,” she says.
Page says that 100 percent of the proceeds of all charms sold will go directly toward cancer care and future programs for individual patients at South Shore hospital. “We want the funds to help the people,” Page says.
The cost of the charms is $60 for silver and $295 for the yellow and white gold versions. The charm is available at Hingham Jewelers, located at 35 Whiting Street. Or call Stacey at 781-749-2108.
To participate in the Moonlight and Miracles fundraiser or to donate, please contact Evy Nelson, Philanthropy Officer, South Shore Hospital Foundation at 781-340-8169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As seen in the Hingham Journal on May 29, 2008.