The Hope Takes Flight Award celebrates those unsung heroes in our community who, through their donation of time or money, improve the quality of life for those battling cancer as well as their caregivers. This award will be awarded annually to an individual or business who has made an impact in Washington County.

Past Hope Takes Flight Award Recipients

Garnet Stevens


Sara Mulkey


The Hope Takes Flight Award was created as a way to remember Melissa Wheatcraft.  Melissa served as a committee member of the Relay For Life of Washington County for several years.  While never one to want to be in the limelight, Melissa worked behind the scenes to help where ever needed to further the fight against cancer.  Even her own diagnosis with terminal cancer couldn't stop her from helping with the hope that cancer, one day, will be eliminated.  Melissa was always willing to share her cancer journey, as long as it would conclude in a donation to the American Cancer Society.

Melissa's love of butterflies inspired the name of the award.  Just as the butterfly floats through the air, the hope that so many in our community provide flows throughout Washington County and benefits those who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their loved ones.

Submit your nomination for the 2020 Hope Takes Flight Award!

To submit a nomination, 
please complete the form 
or download the PDF above.