Better Together!

What an incredible night
celebrating the goodness of God!

🌻 A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful MC, Jennifer Gilbert St. John.

🌻 The stories of hope shared by Ben Abell and Angie Jurisson truly touched all our hearts.

🌻 We were deeply inspired by the powerful message delivered by Senator Frank Kelly.

🌻 Ivelisse & Jimmy’s vision for the future of Believe Big and The Believe Big Institute of Health filled us with excitement and hope.

🌻 Our sides were hurting from laughter thanks to the hilarious performance of Andrew Stanley!

With your unwavering vote of confidence, we will continue to forge ahead, making tangible differences in the lives of those battling cancer.

We are thrilled to announce that we raised over $379,000 and welcomed 25 new monthly partners!

Giving Challenge Opportunity

We are EXCITED to announce a $50,000 match!
A generous donor is matching every dollar donated after the dinner, up to $50,000!
This doubles the impact of your contribution to help us achieve our goals this year!

If you are currently battling cancer, this ask is not directed at you. It is kindly intended for grateful over-comers and supporters who wish to join us in fulfilling our vision this year, helping patients like yourself find their pathway to healing.


Do you know someone who would love to help support the Believe Big mission? Please share this with them!

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I Have Cancer, Now What?

Here’s a “Sneak Peak” to our NEW video series for patients that will officially be released January 1, 2023. We wanted to make sure patients have access as soon as they were completed. These videos, our podcast and all the free resources are made possible and available due to the generous donations we receive throughout the year. We created this video series as a solution to the overwhelm patients feel once diagnosed.

This video series will help walk patients and their families through an easy step-by-step process on what to do once diagnosed. There are five short lessons with downloadable resources attached to each one.

1. Overcoming The Shock

2. Build Your Treatment Team

3. Build Your Support Team

4. Tools for A Strong Mindset and Emotions

5. A Healthy Soul

Hear what Bob Olson has to say about helping Believe Big meet our year end budgetary needs. We need you. Please help.


View the video series >

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Donate a Handbag for HOPE!

Looking to simplify your life, or maybe just your closet?


Do you have new or gently used designer handbags (Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, etc) you no longer use and would be willing to donate? Would you like to make a financial contribution to support the event or become a sponsor?(click here for more information)


We will be hosting a benefit this winter called The “Old Bags” Luncheon. At this event, shopping has never felt so good! It is designed around fun and fashion while supporting a great cause like Believe Big!
All handbag donations are tax deductible! To donate your handbags or to find out more, contact
If you would like to join us be sure to save the date:
Thursday, February 15th 2018
Vero Beach, Florida
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Run with Us August 19th!

Join the Believe Big race team at the RVR Run!

Saturday, August 19th

Register for the RUN
Step 1, visit the RVR site to register yourself to participate in the run. Pick the Believe Big team to join.  If you wish to just fundraise and NOT run, you can skip this part.  Register to RUN
Create Your Fundraising Page
Visit the link below and click the blue button ‘Fundraise for this cause’ to set up your page. It’s super easy and can even be linked from your Facebook profile in seconds.
Share your fundraising page with your friends and family to rally support.

Questions? Please Contact or

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Grateful for Your Generosity


Thank you for coming alongside of us this year!

We are so grateful for the generosity of our friends, family, and advocates.  We wanted to thank all of you who helped to contribute to our end of year campaign.  In total, we were able to raise $75,000 of our $150,000 goal.  Even though we didn’t reach our goal, we know that God in His time will raise the remaining funds needed for the trial to begin and to meet the needs of the patients we serve.  THANK YOU to so many of you that have supported us with your time, by sharing our mission, or through prayer.  We have been able to achieve so much this year and it’s only because you helped to make it possible.

Because of you we were able to give nearly $35,000 in Wellness Grants to help patients afford Mistletoe therapy and nutrition therapy, which are not covered by typical health insurance policies.

With the help of dozens of schools, pottery stores, volunteers, and church groups we have expanded our Believe Mugs program and distributed nearly 1100+ mugs all over the country to patients in need of spiritual and emotional support.

This past year we were able to provide materials for children at The Johns Hopkins pediatric oncology unit to paint Believe Mugs during their treatments.

Our patient advocates were also able to connect and provide patients from all over the country free resources, direction, and hope. Additionally, we were able to host a support group that offered much needed respite to caregivers of loved ones with cancer. It provided a safe place to be listened to and encouraged all while participating in a variety of experiences that supported them in a more practical way.

All of this may leave you wondering, “What’s the update on the Mistletoe Clinical Trial?!”  On December 24, 2015 we heard from the FDA that they approved the start of the trial.  In September of 2016, The Johns Hopkins Internal Review Board approved the trial commencement.  We are now just waiting on the finalization of the needed documents for the international shipment of the mistletoe extract that is produced by a German company, Helixor. The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Helixor are working tirelessly to iron out the final details so that patients can be enrolled and start as soon as possible!

Again, We cannot express our gratitude and appreciation of the blessing of each member of the Believe Big community! We eagerly anticipate and are excited for what is in store for 2017!


Ivelisse & The Believe Big Team

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End of Year and Holiday Giving – Keep Believe Big in Mind!

We are so grateful for the generous support of our donors and monthly partners. Without you, we would not be able to help patients and their families with the resources they need, fund the Mistletoe Clinical Trial, provide wellness grants, or encourage patients through Believe Mug distributions.
As the end of the year approaches, would you keep Believe Big in mind?  We are in need of $150,000 to meet our budget and fully fund the mistletoe clinical trial that is due to begin in the next couple of weeks!  Would you also prayerfully consider becoming one of our monthly partners?  Monthly partners ($30, $50, $100) enable us to budget effectively.
We will be mailing out an End of Year letter that will include a donation envelope or you can offer your financial support today by clicking the donate button below. All donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!

 or text OVERCOME to 91999

Thank you! You are truly making a difference in the lives of others!
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Thank You Friends!!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming to our first Cook & Kiss Cancer Goodbye Fundraiser!  Because of you, we raised $20,000 and nearly met our goal of $25,000!  We are so very grateful for your support!  We work with patients each day that depend on the financial assistance we offer and the support of our patient advocates and staff.

The night of the cooking class we received this email and wanted to share it with you.

“From the bottom of our hearts, my husband and I would like to thank you for your graciousness and guidance toward the Namaste Health Center. As I wind down my last week here (and although very tired but satisfied and grateful) I realize how very different my life would be had I not found Believe Big and this path. God is so good and I’ve learned a lot about healing in many areas. Thank you so much for the grant you have given us. Your work is blessed and we will continue to pray for Believe Big’s endeavors moving forward.”

As Jimmy shared, generous donors like you enable Believe Big to do BIG things!  Currently, we are very low on wellness grant funds and we are $68,000 away from fully funding the mistletoe clinical trial with the Johns Hopkins Hospital that is due to begin THIS December!  Both of these are critical needs for us to continue to provide hope, help, and healing to patients and their families.

We are standing at a ground breaking moment in the medical world and it’s exciting to see this all beginning in Baltimore.  As we approach the end of the year and the holiday season, please keep Believe Big in mind for your end of year giving!

Believing Big!

PS- If you would like to view all photos from the evening please check out our photo album HERE.

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SNEAK PEAK at what we’ll make! Join us at the Cook & Kiss Cancer Goodbye fundraiser dinner.

COok & Kiss Cancer Goodbye
Here is a sneak peak at recipes that you will get to try: Seared Halibut with a Fuji Apple and Watermelon Relish, Saffron Risotto mini tower with a delicious lime zest glaze, boneless Jerk Chicken thighs topped with crispy plantains, and more!  Yum!
You will have an incredible evening learning from one of the top chefs in the country AND allproceeds from the event will give patients and their families access to life-saving treatments and free resources. It’s a win-win!
Reserve Your Seat Today!
September 29, 2016
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Home of Frank & Gayle Kelly
Lutherville, MD
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