Hi! My name is Velvet Kyle, I’m the founder of Velvet’s Totes for Hope and a breast cancer survivor. My life roles include being a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. I’ve been a nurse for over 30 years, a 4 year breast cancer survivor, married to a wonderful man for 30 years and have been blessed with 3 awesome children and 5 super awesome grandchildren. I currently work as a realtor and 5% of all of my real estate proceeds are donated to Velvet’s Totes for Hope.
Velvet’s Totes for Hope’s mission is to minimize the stress and anxiety for cancer patients on “Treatment Day” by providing a tote filled with items they may want or need to take with them, uplift their spirits, provide comfort, support and well deserved pampering to aid in the healing process all in one grab and go tote.
As a nurse and breast cancer survivor I’ve seen both sides of this unwanted diagnosis. My mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 and lost her battle in 2002; in 2003 my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and lost his battle in 2011.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 I kept asking why, what is the reason for this. There was no family history of breast cancer. Over the next year I kept asking that same question. My father always told me everything happens for a reason.
Velvet’s Totes for Hope was born as a way for me to pay it forward. Each tote is filled with items a patient going thru treatment may find comforting during the long hours in a sometimes chilly treatment center. Our totes include a blanket to keep you warm, fuzzy slippers, a calendar to keep track of all of those important appointment dates, a journal to record your thoughts; contact information of friends old and new, and important information your doctor may share during your treatment, along with miscellaneous items such as hand sanitizer, lip balm, etc. and LOVE!
Velvet’s Totes for Hope is a 501(3)(c) organization.