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The HOPE sign has traveled between Alexandria Clinic and Douglas County Hospital for people to sign. People have written messages of hope, names of those affected by cancer, blessings, prayers and notes of inspiration like these. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

A sign of hope

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There are notes of inspiration written by survivors.

There are memorials for those who have passed.

There are names and dates and smiley faces written in silver.


They’re all messages of hope scrawled across a gigantic sign created by two local residents.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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