Community blogger Loretta Salchert, who runs a cancer support ministry, has made the decision to take nothing for granted and cherish each moment she has with friends and family.

Posted on Nov. 26, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

Destani wanted to do something special for her 12th birthday. So, she decided to dedicate the day to raising funds and gathering gifts for 300 children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. 

Posted on Sept. 9, 2014 at 11:34 a.m.

A love for Christ compels Ribbon of Hope to keep helping locals who are coping with cancer. The organization’s executive director shared a few stories about times when she and her staff worked to show others His compassion. 

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Loretta Salchert, executive director of Ribbon of Hope cancer ministry, went on a road trip that showed her the importance of appreciating the world around her. Later, she shared that message with a cancer patient.

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

Loretta Salchert was saddened by the death of Craig Fulmer, her friend who gave so much to the community. Through her struggle to understand how God could take him away, she’s figured out how to honor his memory.

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 11:03 a.m.

Helping people cope with cancer has taught Loretta Salchert, executive director of Ribbon of Hope, how to live life with a sense of expectancy; how to find joy in the midst of pain; how to emotionally breathe, one breath and one situation at a time.

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Loretta Salchert
Loretta Salchert
Loretta Salchert (pronounced sel-kirt) serves as the Executive Director of Ribbon of Hope Cancer Support Ministry. Ribbon of Hope is a not-for-profit 501 (c)3, faith-based ministry that seeks to provide emotional and spiritual support for cancer patients and their family members. Since its beginning in 1999, Ribbon of Hope has walked with more than 1,800 patients, as well as caregivers and family members. A majority of Ribbon's patients are scattered throughout Elkhart County and also surrounding communities. Each year Ribbon of Hope logs more than 8,200 patient service hours, all of which are provided free of charge.

Loretta received her Advanced Crisis Response credential through the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is a Board of Certified Crisis Response Specialist. She is also a certified Grief and Loss Coach.

Loretta and her family reside in Goshen.