“You will lose your hair.” Imagine hearing that from your oncologist? And of course you get to hear this shortly after hearing the worst news of all. "You have cancer.”
Off to be clipped and shorn.
I am a survivor. Cancer-free for eight years now. Over five years ago, I started Halos of Hope to provide comfort and dignity to those dealing with hair loss due to chemotherapy or radiation. Through the generosity of knitters and crocheters everywhere, we’ve sent out more than 72,000 hats. Our biggest challenge though, is shipping hats to over 450 cancer centers nationwide. Shipping is our single, largest annual expense.
So in an effort to help Halos of Hope raise funds needed to continue sending out hats across the country, three amazing and selfless men are generating the 'buzz' of awareness. Drew Emborsky (a.k.a . the Crochet Dude™), Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc. & STITCHES Expos, and Mark Moraca, co-owner of Kollage Yarns will take the stage at STITCHES East in a gesture of solidarity for cancer patients everywhere—and one of them will lose his hair.
Help us spread the word. Tell your friends, relatives, yarn shop owners, designers, co-workers. Each $10 vote ensures that 31 more hats are sent to those in need. Who will you vote for?
Please let your employers and companies know that matching funds are welcomed.
Local yarn shops, craft stores, groups and individuals can contact us to become official donation locations or area sponsors.
Halos of Hope is seeking caring volunteers who would like to donate caps to chemotherapy patients.
If you have a design you'd like to create for us, please contact us. We are always looking for new pattern ideas.