Spreading Rays of Hope…a hat at a time

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We recently received a box full of hats from Sheila in New York.  Sheila told us that she is a new to loom knitting but was looking for a way to make a difference!  We are very impressed with Sheila’s skills on the loom!  These hats are fabulous!  The colors and brims, embellishments and pom-poms- just wow, we are impressed!

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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  We wish you well, Sheila!
~Pali

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What a great surprise!  We were thrilled to see our friend when she dropped by her latest creations.  Joaine made these wonderfully fall festive hats for our November shipment!

There are 4 hats for children and 5 hats for babies in the NICU.  They just remind me of Thanksgiving!  Thank you Joaine, for your continued support!
~Pali

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I can’t believe how fast time flies… I am just taking down the Halloween decorations and it’s already the middle of November.  Though I am well aware that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, in the beginning of the month, I struggled with my words.

While my mind meditated in deep thought and my heart explored feelings, I made 3 hats in a dark, deep Homespun purple.  Two of these hats are for adult cancer warriors, and the smaller one is for a little girl, someone who perhaps fancies purple.

I am told that, “This is when we remember our loved ones who are no longer with us.”  But I remember my sister (in-law) all.the.time and completely miss her at the most unexpected moments.  So, I’d like to share some facts on Pancreatic Cancer  (source is cancer.org <link>)

The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for pancreatic cancer in the United States are for 2014:

  • About 46,420 people (23,530 men and 22,890 women) will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
  • About 39,590 people (20,170 men and 19,420 women) will die of pancreatic cancer

Rates of pancreatic cancer have been increasing slightly over the past decade or so.

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the US, and accounts for about 7% of cancer deaths.

The average lifetime risk of developing pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 67 (1.5%).

In a Thanksgiving spirit, I am thankful that Wanda was in our lives for the little bit of time as her impact was large and long reaching.  I remember many of the talks we had, especially about Knitting Rays of Hope.  She was my inspiration for starting this effort, as together we would sit in the oncology centers and see the need for support, encouragement, hope and love in sometimes extremely bleak situations.

I look around to her, still almost 2 years later and am at a loss…

… though I smile bravely and march on as she showed us all how to do, by her example.

~Pali

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A while ago, Nancy brought over a bunch of hats-  these adorable hats will go lovely in this season as we adjust to the time change and the fall season.  Ahh but you see a bright pink hat- well that is also seasonal for me as a little part of me longs for summer during these long, dark evenings.

Thank you Nancy for your beautiful work and steadfast commitment!
~Pali

I just read an article that is absolutely heartbreaking.  We all know homelessness exists, but do we really think about it?  This article opened my eyes and now I am brainstorming on what I can do…how can I make a difference?

From the NPR article (source):

More than 1.1 million public school students in the United States do not have permanent homes, according to data compiled by the Department of Education.

California has the highest rate of homeless children enrolled in schools anywhere in the country. Many kids live in the shadows — in cheap motels, emergency shelters, campgrounds and even cars, like James once did.

The battered Taurus station wagon was once home to James, his three siblings and his mother.

“Since the car is so short and me and my older brother [are] too big for [it], sometimes we’d put our feet up against the dashboard,” James explains. “Or sometimes just sleep on our backs and then just have our knees bent upward.”

While the kids curled up in the back and passenger seat, their mother would sleep in the driver’s seat, sitting up.

“I remember sitting in my car while all the kids were sleeping,” says Elizabeth, James’ mom. “I could hear their breath, you know.”

Elizabeth is a domestic violence victim. NPR is not using her last name because she still fears for her safety. She says she and her children felt safer together in a car and on the move than in a shelter.

“You just cry,” she says. “And you don’t want to cry too loud, because you don’t want to wake up the kids.” Because in the morning, they had to go to school.

Please read the full article here

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

The Red Cross has modified their program to distribute holiday cards to the military, veterans and their families a little bit.  They are moving it to the local Red Cross offices.  I feel it’s still an important program and will contact our local Red Cross office.  For more information, please go to here.

Sweet and Simple

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I just finished a quick hat on the loom with a sweet & simple crocheted flower.  I constantly strive to improve my flower crocheting skills and was impressed with how easy this little flower actually was.  Sometimes you just need to create,  in order for to release more creative energy, and that’s exactly what I am hoping this hat does for me.

I hope that this pretty little  hat will bring a cancer warrior hope and smiles!
~Pali

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