RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The 1 Million Hands project just rolled into the Richmond area Monday morning. It’s a huge van covered with handprints from cancer survivors from across the country.
Jeremy Gorup started the project in honor of his mother who survived breast cancer. His goal is to collect one-million handprints of cancer survivors.
“I hope it makes people smile. It lets them know they do not have to be alone,” Gorup told 8 News. The van was parked at the Southside Regional Medical Center Monday morning. Cancer Survivor AJ Kerstetter came out to leave her mark on the van.
She said, “I was diagnosed in December 2017. You are not expecting to get cancer. No one wants or expects to get cancer. It just happens.”
Another survivor, Shannon Griffin, was also eager to leave her handprint on the van. She told 8 News, “It was amazing! Yes, I am very grateful that I was able to pull through cancer two times! But to actually leave my handprint actually seals the deal with the van. It means everything to me.” The 1 Million Hands project is looking for Cancer Survivors across the area.
Meet the group in front of the Planet Fitness on 10040 Robious Road April 1- April 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Lowe’s at 2501 Sheila Lane from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.