Do you knit? Crochet? Sew?
Would you like to use this skill to help
someone who has undergone hair loss due to chemotherapy,
brain surgery, burn wounds, etc.?
I am embarking on a project to do just that, and would like to invite you
to join me.
A while back, I met a wonderful woman
who happened to be going
through the experience of chemotherapy. Her one and only apparent side effect was that
she had lost her hair. While we were out shopping and having lunch, this neat lady chose
to wear a baseball cap to keep her head warm, even though the weather was mild.
Pondering this later, it seemed a shame that this woman who was already
braving cancer and all that this entailed, also had to suffer with a cold head.
I decided to knit her a warm, soft cap. Finding knit hat patterns on the
internet, I was able to knit two caps in rather quick succession... actually
using up yarn left over from previous knitting projects.
Then, realizing there are a lot of folks out there with cold heads as a
result of chemotherapy or other medical treatments, I decided to do more.
I have found many more hat
patterns, even some specifically labeled 'chemo caps.' I have patterns for
knitted caps, for crocheted caps, and for caps which can be sewn out of
fleece. I have received permission from the designers of the patterns to
distribute them to other craftspeople who might want to join me in
My plan is to distribute the caps to hospitals, oncology offices, hospices,
etc. so that they can more readily be available to those who have lost
their hair due to chemotherapy, etc. But to make it work, I need volunteers to
help with the production. Won't you consider joining me?
If you are interested and would like more information (including
'Head Huggers Guidelines' and patterns),
please explore this site then contact me.
Sue W. Thompson
3/2011: Important Note -- Email Address Change:
I have switched my email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The old email@example.com email address will still work for a time but please
start using the new address and update any email contact listings you may have for me.
Also, there are new files for the brochures
that have the new address, so please use those for any brochures you print and distribute.
P.S. See Miracles Happen,
Sue's other project website and other favorite
charity... making and distributing baby items for maternity homes and
pregnancy crisis centers to donate to newborns and their mothers.
|If you have benefited from this project or would
like to post an idea or encouragement, please see our
Head Huggers In Use.
If you would like to volunteer, please email us directly.
If you've been making chemo caps, please email us
and send a photo or note so we can include you in the
Volunteers Hall of Appreciation.
Please also see our Donors Hall of Appreciation.
Head Huggers caps are obviously useful for anyone who has lost their
hair whether due to chemotherapy, burns, brain surgery, alopecia areata
or other hair loss reasons. Send us your ideas of other uses and needs
for them through email or the guestbook.
|Head Huggers is increasingly
costly for me. I currently receive an average of 50 chemo caps a week.
I label the caps and mail them with a batch of about 50 brochures to
cancer centers throughout the country. Postage is expensive. Printer
ink and paper for the brochures is costly too. I am retired and on a
fixed income. Please donate a dollar or two for postage and paper and
printer ink if you are able to do so. Thanks! ~Sue
Cleaning for a Reason
- For any woman currently undergoing Chemo there is a cleaning service that provides FREE
housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.
All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.
Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange
for the service. This organization serves the entire USA.|