Wild & Wanderful

Caps for Chemo

Katy McKinleyComment

 


 

What exactly is ‘Caps for Chemo’? -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
In 2010, my friend Britnee and I dreamt up a way to take these tiny selling platforms of ours and turn them into something positive for our surrounding communities.  Naturally, when you have a knitter and a crocheter in a brainstorming session together, you’re going to come out of it with a hat promotion.

With the backing of some amazing individuals, I’ve been able to continue this for four consecutive years.  My friends, family and fans have all been huge supporters.  Each year, an outpour of generous people purchase and donate hats for chemotherapy patients nearby.

I’m not a doctor, I can’t cure cancer.  But I can cover some heads with some cute hats!

Hair loss for people during their chemotherapy treatments tend to be something that is a difficult thing to grasp.  It’s bad enough that they are going through all of the health-related issues…but to have people actually “see” that they are sick tends to make it a bit harder.  With Caps for Chemo, we try to alleviate some of that discomfort – by helping keep the noggins of these brave individuals both warm AND stylish.

How can I help? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
That’s the easy part!  Simply order a Caps for Chemo promo hat from my shop during the month of January and I handle the rest.  Each hat ordered is made twice: the first goes to you (the buyer) and it’s duplicate goes to a chemotherapy patient in my local area.

Where exactly do the donated hats go? ----------------------------------------------------------------------
I have a connection through Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I’m located in Wheeling, West Virginia and it’s only fitting to donate to a local chapter and help my neighbors out a little bit!!

Each hat will have a donation card attached to it, telling the recipient where and whom their new headwear donation is from.  (I don’t put last names, for your privacy!!)

Why the LLS [Leukemia & Lymphoma Society]? --------------------------------------------------------------
Unfortunately, cancer is something that my family has come to know a little too well.  There have been four people in my immediate family diagnosed with cancer.  The “C” word.  Gross.

I’ve now had a total of three people on my mom’s side of the family be affected specifically by Lymphoma.  For some reason or another, it just doesn’t want to leave us alone.  The LLS has been very supportive of my family and I’d do anything to help others that are in similar situations.

For more information about the LLS, here are some websites:

Okay, how do I get started? -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The 2014 promo launched January 1, 2014.  All of the available hats are listed in my shop (sizes XSmall – XLarge) and you can find them all in the Caps for Chemo section [HERE].

Questions??  Just email me: katy@handmadeescapade.com