There are a lot of challenges when you are fighting cancer but according to this charity, a letter can help a lot - more than you think. Girls Love Mail is the charity and is a non-profit organisation that ask strangers to write letters that are encouraging and loving to breast cancer patients. The charity launched in August 2011. Since then there have been over 125,000 letters sent to breast cancer patients around the world. Among the countries the letters have been sent to are: USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Korea, Brazil, UK, Ireland, Australia, Malta, Myanmar, and The Netherlands. Strangers who write the letters range in age from 9 to 90 years old.
One of the patients said "I received a note from a complete stranger and it was so powerful, Now I keep the letter on my nightstand and read it every night before bed to gain strength. I’m amazed at the kindness in this world.”
Girls Love Mail founder Gina Mulligan says that she got the idea of the charity because in 2009 she had breast cancer. At the time the author was writing a novel that was made up of letters - and she started receiving hand written well-wishes and cards in the mail.
"Letters were all around me, and I realised letters are a precious gift with the power to heal,” says Gina. She then decided to create a charity with the intention of generating enough letters to send to every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis, which is roughly about 250,000 per year. The charity’s Miles of Mail 2018 campaign hopes to create at least 40,000 letters for the year
Past studies have shown that positive phrasing can help hospital patients deal with their symptoms and illnesses, so it’s no stretch of the imagination to believe that reading letters of love could help breast cancer patients heal as well.