The GRP Story
The Glass Ribbon Project got its start as a community program for women with breast cancer through the Gary Rosenthal Collection. Since its inception in 2005, The Glass Ribbon Project has been a catalyst for using art to do good and promote healing.
After being diagnosed in 2020 with Pancreatic Cancer, and enduring the long, lonely hours of chemo himself when the pandemic hit, Gary Rosenthal knew that The Glass Ribbon Project would bring comfort to men and women undergoing treatment for types all cancers. He created a non-profit organization for the project and is providing cancer patients and their families all over the world support as they battle cancer, at no cost to them. Hence, Chemo Buddy Strength Stones.
Whether by creating Chemo Buddy Strength Stones from pieces of glass, sending packets of stones to loved ones, or supporting the project financially, newly diagnosed patients are feeling the love, strength and soul of those who help create and distribute the stones.
Idea to Reality
Turning glass into art, strength into support, and helping into healing.
As a sculptor, my work has always had a purpose that was spiritual, and my career was always about using my art to help others. I created The Glass Ribbon Project over fifteen years ago to support women with breast cancer. I was inspired to create strength stones after I read the story of a cancer nurse who was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she told her mother about the diagnosis, her mom reached down and picked up two stones. While keeping one for herself, she gave one to her daughter and told her “I will reach into my pocket and hold on to my stone whenever you have a procedure or treatment, and I will say a prayer.” Her mother and I both believe that there is a real connection between people that makes a difference. When people share their strength and hope – healing happens!
Gary Rosenthal has been creating artwork and doing good with his studio since the early 1970’s. Specializing in Judaica, he and his team combine mixed metals with brilliant fused glass, inspired by the Jewish tradition that tells us it’s a blessing – a mitzvah – to make beautiful, functional, art.
Cindy Schnabel Berman
Glass Artist/Project Manager
In addition to being an Artist, Cindy is also a Creative Consciousness Coach. She empowers others to discover their unique gifts, listen to their intuition and elevate their soul.
Shelley is now the Volunteer Coordinator overseeing groups making glass for Chemo Buddy Strength Stones, sharing stories and fundraising ideas, networking, and helping distribute strength stones.
Mike worked in advertising, marketing and public relations for AT&T, an advertising agency and as a self-employed consultant for 40 years.
At The Glass Ribbon Project, there are numerous ways to volunteer. From making glass to be fired and cut into Chemo Buddy Strength Stones, preparing bags of stones for cancer patients, networking, sharing ideas, and working behind the scenes in so many other ways, we need your help to sustain our ability to share strength with those who have been touched by cancer.Learn More