May 13, 2018

We received dozens of applications for our Hope Rises Mother's Day contest and we wanted to share some of those submissions with you to share the beauty of these amazing moms!

We appreciate each and every one of you, who applied and told us about that special mom in you...

May 12, 2018

We first introduced you to the Stradley family on Mother's Day, when they spoke with #HopeRises on their way to India to bring home their daughter.

Alicia Stradley and her husband, Mark brought home their son, Vignesh, in November 2016. Vignesh was an orphan in India, w...

May 12, 2018

With dozens of heartbursting and truly inspiring submissions showcasing incredible mothers of Western New York, it was one that stood out for the Hope Rises team.

With the help of Anna Elizabeth Esthetics, Hope Rises is thrilled to announce: Christine Porto as the winni...

May 10, 2018

When you walk into the North Tonawanda Prom Boutique, you are greeted with a friendly hello, and walls of prom gowns - some adorned with jewels and others full of vibrant colors that any young girl would be honored to wear to prom. 

Some students pick up their dream dre...

May 9, 2018

We post as many hopeful stories as we can, but this is one that puts us at a loss for words. We truly don't know how this boy has survived for so long. 

This is Malachy. He is sitting in a Ukrainian orphanage. 

We HOPE this story spreads the urgent need for this 15-...

May 9, 2018

We are so happy to report that the couple featured in this Hope Rises adoption story has experienced their happy ending. Marya and Justin Bilby now have a son, Chase, born just days ago. 

They traveled out of state to greet him with loving arms. 

Congrats to the Bilby fa...

May 8, 2018

Charlene Minx thought of doing free haircuts for those in need more than a year ago, after becoming inspired when seeing this being done in larger cities. 

So, she brought it to the city she loves most - her hometown, Buffalo.  

How did her event turn out? Read on f...

May 6, 2018

I've been showing off my gray every May since December 2013, when my life turned upside down.

When my brother, Nate was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 16, we didn't really know what was going to happen or what the next steps were. All we knew is that our live...

May 6, 2018

This June would have been the year James Metz graduated from high school. His vibrant energy and big personality are instead fondly remembered by his family and friends. 

James died much too young when the small plane he was riding in collided with another in midair. He...

May 5, 2018

A dog that was abandoned earlier this week near railroad tracks and left to die in Niagara Falls, NY received her happy ending today!

Her angels came to her rescue.  

This dog pictured above here was rescued by Beth Henderson and Robin Bell - both animal advocates o...

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