"My father, Dr. Christopher S. Bryant, specializes in Gynecologic Oncology. He encouraged me to begin building my own philanthropic organization.
I had always wanted to do something to give back to the community. I knew this was my opportunity. I immediately thought of the “no-sew” fleece blankets I had made in the past. My family and I sat down one night and decided I was going to start a charitable organization that gives back directly to cancer patients.
After thinking long and hard, we came up with Tied2Hope. Tied2Hope not only represents the two pieces of fleece physically tied together, but also a mindset. Hearing the word, cancer, is never a good feeling. When fighting cancer, a positive mindset is crucial. These patients are constantly tied to a hopeful mindset. Thus, started the Tied2Hope organization in 2011.
Tied2Hope began in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 2011, making blankets for my father's patients at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital."
"In 2015, my family relocated to Orlando, Florida. My sister started her freshman year at the University of Florida and I enrolled at Dr. Phillips High School as a freshman. I decided to continue our legacy, and I started a Tied2Hope club at DPHS.
To this community, Dr. P Phillips name means forward momentum. His legacy is a sum of innovation and leadership. In addition, Arnold Palmer and his inherent core values of respect, integrity, and perseverance have shaped Orlando’s young people.
It is my vision to bring together the ideals of these two admired men to Tied2Hope. The mission of our Tied2Hope club at DPHS is to make fleece blankets for the children of Arnold Palmer Hospital.
A stay in the hospital for children disrupts their routine and may cause feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress. The positive mindset of Tied2Hope will share its comfort and optimism to these children through the security of our fleece blankets."