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Last Day of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and though today is the last day of November, we hope that awareness and research to cure all cancers continues so we can see an end to cancer in our lifetime!  All month I have been making purple hats in honor of my sister-in-law who lost her battle to Pancreatic Cancer in 2012.  As you know we have been trying to learn crochet and here are some of my favorites.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible – Christopher Reeves

I encourage you to find a way that speaks to your heart and make a difference in the world.  Looking for others to do something profound and being disappointed is no longer an option!  It’s up to you.  You may think it’s a drop in a bucket, but you can truly touch someone’s life… and isn’t that worth it?

Every Drop in the Bucket Matters



Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


We want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are able to spend quality time with your loved ones and are enjoying some yummy meals.

In honor of the Thanksgiving sentiment, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported us in making Knitting Rays of Hope so very successful. Thank you to our families who support us, those who follow and share our stories, and a very special thanks to those who make their own beautiful creations and contribute to us. Without your support we would not of been able to spread rays of sunshine.  Thank you again to everyone and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



World Pancreatic Cancer Day

We are showing our purple in honor of World Pancreatic Cancer Day!

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Get Involved — Join the Thunderclap – click here.
Help raise awareness by showing the world that we are In It Together on World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

We would love to have a cure by 2020 to this horrible disease!



Team WandaWoman 2016

Today we will walk to Wage Hope as Team WandaWoman.  We walk in memory of a very brave and strong lady, my sister-in-law who fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  We miss Wanda everyday!

Team WandaWoman 2012

Team WandaWoman 2012

We are striding to end a deadly disease at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride Orange County 2016 Presented by Wienerschnitzel. It is estimated that more than 53,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States this year and approximately 72 percent of patients will die in the first year of diagnosis. You can help change these statistics.

PurpleStride Orange County 2016 Presented by Wienerschnitzel raises awareness and critical funds to advance research, support patients and create hope in the pancreatic cancer community. For more information about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its important work, please visit their website at pancan.org.

Did you know that November 17, 2016 is World Pancreatic Cancer Day?  Join the ThunderClap here

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers. With a survival rate in the single digits, it is one of the only major cancers to see little improvement. Yet, according to a recent survey, 60% of people know “almost nothing” about pancreatic cancer.

It’s time to elevate the global conversation.

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

Join the ThunderClap

Imagine if we could unite the planet in support of a common goal. That’s the idea behind World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

November 17, 2016, is a day we will unite and make our voices heard. In the battle against pancreatic cancer we will show the world we are #InItTogether.

According to a worldwide survey, sixty percent of people know “almost NOTHING” about pancreatic cancer. It’s time to elevate the global conversation and draw attention to pancreatic cancer and the need for greater awareness.

By showing the world we are in this fight together, we hope to save lives and create a brighter future for people around the globe.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers.

Just 2-10 percent of those diagnosed survive five years.

Studies show that death rates for pancreatic cancer are increasing in the United States (in both sexes) and Europe (in women), while death rates are declining for most other cancers.



Veterans Day

Veterans day

Found on History.com

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

  • In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.
  • Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World Wars I and II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

  • 9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65.
  • 1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35.
  • 1.8 million veterans are women.
  • 7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975), which represents 33% of all living veterans.
  • 5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • 2.6 million veterans served during World War II (1941-1945).
  • 2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2008, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • 5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.



Rock Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.


In 2012, 2 days after Christmas we lost my funny and strong sister-in-law to this horrible disease and we have missed her every day since 12/27/12.  I made these hats in honor of Wanda and her brave fight with pancreatic cancer.  I hope to continue making purple hats all month long!

crochet hat- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Crocheted hat for a teenager

Pancreatic Cancer

Homespun Yarn Crochet

Some facts about Pancreatic Cancer from pancan.org


Wage Hope Together!

A Letter from an MD Student: A Survivor of Domestic Violence

When you grow up living with domestic violence, you experience

Childhood Domestic Violence

There are an estimated 15 million children in the US who experience CDV…and 40 million adults who were those children. But many aren’t ready to share their story of growing up with domestic violence.
This medical student, who wanted to remain anonymous, shared her story through her fellow classmates in this powerful video.

A Letter from an MD Student: A Survivor of Domestic Violence from UHMed on Vimeo.


6 Stories About Dropping Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples’ Day


by Rebecca Calkin, Manager of Marketing & Communications

columbus-9c9217a71b23601ebe421f897d454b86The movement to drop Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day has gained momentum over the past few years. Phoenix and Denver made the official switch and are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples’ Day today.

Why make the change? When Columbus arrived in America, Native Americans were already here–just as many indigenous peoples were present in other areas of the world. Columbus didn’t “discover” America; he “claimed” it. As society recognizes that our history is comprised of many false “claims” to what belonged to others, it is important for this day to change.

In recent years, the slang word “Columbusing” has come to represent when people (usually white people) “discover” something that has existed for a long time, but simply existed outside of their culture. (Read more about Columbusing here).

Here are six news stories about the movement for Indigenous…

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5 Lil’ Pumpkins

My daughter made these a few weeks ago.

pumpkin hats

Happy October, everybody!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This is discouraging and makes me so angry….

cancer facts