HudsonAlpha opens the Hope Grows Garden: Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Neil Lamb, HudsonAlpha Vice President of Educational Outreach

On Monday, July 24, 2017, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology celebrated the opening of the Hope Grows Garden: Breast and Ovarian Cancer with a dedication ceremony.

Approximately 100 supporters attended the ceremony. Dr. Neil Lamb, vice president for Educational Outreach was the emcee for the event and shared the Institute’s vision and hope for the garden.

“It is a spectacular space to pause, remember and reflect on the purpose of the work that we do here at HudsonAlpha and the impact that it has on the community,” said Dr. Lamb.

“This is very personal to us,” said Dr. Richard Myers, HudsonAlpha president and science director. “Everyone who works in our building cares very deeply about these diseases and trying to solve problems like these.”

The garden includes a tribute area to honor a beloved friend and colleague, Dr. Kimberly Strong, who recently lost her battle with breast cancer. The tribute area  recognizes her strength as well as all of the other brave women and men who inspired the creation of the garden.

Pam and Joe Alexander

The Hope Grows Garden was made possible by the generosity of Pam and Joe Alexander and many wonderful supporters.

“We are honored to have made this donation,” said Pam Alexander. “We remain hopeful that HudsonAlpha’s team of scientists will make discoveries that will one day lead to cures.”

To view more photos of the event, visit the HudsonAlpha Flickr page.

Hope Grows Garden

The Hope Grows Garden is located in the first turn of the double helix pathway in McMillian park on the HudsonAlpha campus. With radiant blooms, the garden was designed to pay tribute to those who are battling or have battled breast and ovarian cancers as well as those who are working diligently to find new discoveries for these diseases. The garden will also offer benches and shade trees to spend some peaceful time.

Leave a Lasting Impression

The Hope Grows Garden offers an opportunity to pay tribute to a loved one, acknowledge a milestone or honor a staff member or physician. Paving stones, available in various sizes, can be engraved to reflect the grateful, caring spirit of those whose lives have been touched. All gifts benefit HudsonAlpha’s fund for areas of greatest need.To order pavers or donate to the garden, please visit