Tracey S. Hughes Head Gift of Giving

If I can help someone along the way, then my living has not been in vain.

When I give, I truly give from my heart, and I expect nothing in return. I have always believed that blessings come from a willingness to give. Tamika and I have been friends since college. I remember so well, she was one of the first people I met at Claflin. And though many may not understand the depths of our friendship, it is one with a very strong bond that has withheld the test of time. After college, we lost touch, but we always remained in each others heart. Destiny brought us back into contact shortly before we both received devastating news about our illnesses. Our bond was strengthened during those tough times. We both could relate to receiving bad news from our doctors. We learned to live life to its fullest and appreciate the little things. We both are happy about our orange cards from Johns Hopkins, appreciating the fact that our care is in the hands of some of the best doctors in the world.

I remember visiting Tamika one weekend when she learned that her insurance did not cover fertility preservation for an unmarried woman. I was appalled and devastated for her. I wanted to do all that I could to help my friend during that difficult time. We researched and researched on the Internet to find available funding sources. I felt helpless. I wrote a check as a gift to her to help with the preservation of her eggs. I did not expect anything other than her unconditional friendship in return. Over the years, I have received my blessings from her in non-monetary ways. She is a true friend who has been there for me through the good and bad times - someone I can call on for anything day or night.

Tamika tried to repay me but I refused. I had given her a gift and did not expect to be repaid. I was truly surprised and overjoyed when I was honored with an award - Tracey S. Hughes Head Gift of

Survivor Kelly Cain 1st Gift of Giving recipient Atlanta Girlfriend's Retreat 7/22/06
Survivor Kelly Cain 1st Gift of Giving recipient
Atlanta Girlfriend's Retreat 7/22/06

Giving named in honor of my gift to Tamika. This is an honor I will never forget - the gift that keeps on giving and blessing other patients/survivors. I am truly blessed that my gift has helped Tamika and her courageous fight against cervical cancer.


Over the years several recipients have received the Gift of Giving for the use of bill payment, rest and relaxation, etc. This is one of Tamika & Friends’ most prized gifts because what’s personal to you is personal to us! If you are in need and would like to apply for a gift please fill out our application.