Now to tell the rest of our story:
of how the hats for cancer came about
Sue and I went out for our first shopping adventure, where else but to JoAnns. We were of course looking for deals and had our coupons in hand, (we call the kupons). I am a hat freak and came across vogue hat pattern 8704 and fell in love with it. With the price tag of $15.00 I decided to wait until it went on sale…..
As the day progressed Sue finally told me that she purchased the pattern for me. I was like, huh…soooo we had to head back to JoAnns to get material. Along the way we stopped in the Hospice outlet store on Beach Blvd.,in Jacksonville, to see if there might be any donated material for us to do a practice run with. While there I noticed a young man with his mother helping her with a wig that had been donated. I could tell she was going through Chemo. It just broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes seeing her son being so patient with is mom and knowing she was battling cancer.
I went straight to Sue and told her what I wanted to do with the hat pattern-get some ladies together and sew hats for cancer patients going through chemo. It didn’t take Sue long spread the word at the campground about a sewing class in exchange for hats to donate. We figured out that we could get 3 hats from 1 yard of fleece.
The ladies that participated were awesome…everyone donated hats, material, and time. It was a great gathering. Here is the article in the Mirror, by Bill Austin, whom I think did an outstanding job. He was so moved by what all these wonderful ladies were doing he called First Coast News.
It is amazing to stand back now and see how God puts His plan into action, this is what I call a GOD WINK.
From that day a true friendship began.
More photos of several occasions ladies joined to help with sewing for hats of hope for cancer patients. We had so much fun and I miss these ladies very much.
There were 2 ladies that participated in the making of the hats that were cancer survivors. WOOHOOOO!!!!
This has become even more personal to me now as of July 23rd, because I (Renee) have been diagnosed with first stages of breast cancer. I have also become the chapter coordinator for Conkerr Cancer in Little Rock Arkansas. We make pillowcases for the oncology unit at Children’s Hospital here in Little Rock. Sue is also a cancer survivor and so is her husband Dave. Sue and Dave also do a lot of charity work with Conkerr Cancer and other organizations.
If you are interested in joining in and creating smiles for the children please feel free to contact me. Here is a link for a video I made for instructions on how to make the pillowcases.
I have also created a hat pattern from the one used for the adult women and children for the babies. If you are interested email me or leave a chat on the blog and I will send that link to you. I only give these instructions if asked personally, because there were some who were using the pattern and selling the hats.