About Handing H.O.P.E.

Our journey began in 2010 with the vision to make an impact in the cancer community. Kim Bavilacqua, a cancer survivor, partnered with her long-time friend, Jen Coffel. Jen found her passion for the same mission after losing her mother, father and best friend to cancer. Handing H.O.P.E. provides lollipop trees to children’s cancer clinics, hospitals, and camps nationwide.

Mission Statement

To create a movement where people choose to kick the chemicals, stop the sugar and utilize valuable resources to reduce their risk of cancer.


Lollipop Tree Project

After chemotherapy children often report a yucky taste in their mouth or even mouth sores. Research is showing a negative correlation between sugar and cancer. These naturally sweetened lollipops are a guilt free way for parents and medical staff to comfort kids after treatment.

Wellness Workshops

Invite authors Kim Bavilacqua and Jen Coffel for an interactive wellness workshop to learn how “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and how small changes can make a big impact on your health.

School Service Projects

Kids helping Kids! Promote your school in the community with our candy for a cause campaign. You can choose a program that is customized for your school and staff.

School Fundraising Opportunities #1

School Fundraising Opportunities #2

Giving Circle Print

Fundraising Events

We have corporate sponsorships available for all of Handing HOPE sponsored events. Handing HOPE is also grateful for opportunities to partner with organizations and companies that support our mission.

Future Programming

We are currently accepting real estate donations for The Center for Hope. This would be a place for people to come and have access to resources that would provide support and education in the cancer community. We are also have a dream to provide a retreat home on the ocean for children battling cancer and their families to have some time together to make precious memories .

Meet The Founders

Jen Coffel

Jen Coffel


Jen Coffel is the co-founder of Handing H.O.P.E. Jen is responsible for the vision, strategy and national fundraising efforts for Handing H.O.P.E and the Lollipop tree project as it expands across the country.

“If you believe it you can achieve it” is Jen’s mantra in life.

Jen lost her dad, her mom and her best friend all to cancer in less than a 2 years time. Out of her loss and grief she found her passion to make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer.

Jen is an author and speaker. She has been featured and recognized on ABC News and the Chicago Tribune for her work in helping others. Her innovative and down to earth style sets her audience at ease and empowers them to receive her message of wellness.

Jen has over a decade of experience in the wellness industry and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Illinois at Chicago.

Contact Jen at admin@handinghope.org or 815-690-9095.



Kim Bavilacqua

Kim Bavilacqua


Kim Bavilacqua is the co-founder of Handing H.O.P.E. As a cancer survivor she knows the battle these children face. The lollipop tree allows her to bring hope and smiles to these children!

With a Bachelors of Social Work, Kim has been teaching wellness for 10 years. As a co-author of the awareness program, The No Toxin Zone, Kim is able to share her passion for helping others to be proactive about their own health through prevention and education.

A “master planner,” Kim’s expertise is in organizing and implementing corporate events and wellness workshops. Her humor and zest for life shines through as she shares the message of HOPE!

Email Kim at info@handinghope.org