The Hope Lives organization was founded in 2001 by breast cancer survivor, Lydia Dody, a Ft. Collins businesswoman.  Today, Hope Lives continues to offer free, supportive services & products to breast cancer patients in active treatment.   

Board of Directors

Byron Laws, Board President

Byron Laws is a Fort Collins entrepreneur and community organizer who currently serves as board president of Hope Lives! 

He is also the primary organizer for the Warren Lake Sustainable Neighborhoods group, an involved Pathways Hospice volunteer, a certified end-of-life Doula (death coach) and meditation teacher. 

Byron says, “The mission of Hope Lives! in helping breast cancer patients is amazing. I felt called to get involved and help show love and care for those in our community who are suffering from this terrible disease. With more community engagement and volunteer involvement, we can do great things.”

Inger Laws, Secretary

Inger Laws is a resident of Fort Collins and in-house counsel for a global technology company.  She is passionate about helping others and currently serves as the secretary of Hope Lives!  Inger was drawn to Hope Lives! as a result of her mother’s experience with breast cancer.


Inger says, “Through the generosity of our donors and many wonderful volunteers, Hope Lives! has been able to support many northern Colorado residents as they face the challenges of treatment for breast cancer.  I’m thankful to be part of such an amazing organization and help further the mission of Hope Lives!”

Jill Rickards, Board Member

Jill Rickards is deeply rooted in our local Fort Collins community for 40 years and now serves as a board member for Hope Lives. Jill has continually owned and operated an accounting practice where she has provided accounting, management and tax services to non-profits.


Jill has served on numerous non-profit boards in the community and understands the unique challenges nonprofits face each day.  Hope Lives truly CARES about the people they serve and provides amazing support for a healing environment. 


Jill says, “It is my pleasure and privilege to be on the board.”

  • w-facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn



2627 Redwing Rd, Suite 160

Fort Collins, CO 80526



Appointment Only


Tel:  970.225.6200
Fax: 970.797.1923

Copyright 2020 Hope Lives!