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Keeping Me Hoppin’

In anticipation of Easter, I am making bunny hats for babies in the NICU and tiny chemo warriors.

bunny hats prep

Here is my progress so far, and  I hope to make more in boy colors too.  I am following this crochet pattern for the hat and ears.

If you want to make some for Easter, please send them to us before April 8th, so that we can make sure they are delivered in time for Easter.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

We love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  So I crocheted a hat thinking a young chemo warrior could appreciate a TMNT hat.


I think that these fun turtles have really stood the test of time and I think it is a great hat for the boys. Now I am not saying that these are not for girls as well but it is always a struggle to find hats that we think boys will appreciate. I think that one of the problems I have always encountered with looming the hats is that the hat is a bit bunchy at the top and for some reason that does not seem to appeal to boys. Crocheting this hat really made it nice and sleek and removes the bunchy hat problem. The double crochet stitch was surprisingly quick to crochet as well.  I look forward to making more of these hats soon.

Happy New Year


Happy New Year!! This has been such a productive year for us. We have now delivered 4,487 hats to friends battling cancer and NICU babies. We are just so proud of what we have been able to accomplish and are so happy to have so many friends that have made this possible. We look forward to a very productive new year and can’t wait to see how many more hats we will deliver in the new year. Here is to hoping that the new year will bring new medical innovations and we finally find a cure!

Wishing everyone a fruitful and joyful 2017!
~Vanessa & Pali


Made with Love

My daughter made this for my aunt in Ohio who is fighting cancer.


We sent it via the mail late last week, and she received it and loves it!

Show the people that you love and support them!





Special Delivery: 240 Hats for Cancer Warriors

We are ending this year on a happy note, with huge smiles on our faces.  When we started Knitting Rays of Hope, we had big ambitions and always wanted to donate to the City of Hope, a cancer hospital that is very close to us.  But we always wondered if we would have enough hats to meet the needs of such a huge cancer center.

240 Hats for Cancer Warriors

Last week, my mother and stepdad delivered 240 hats & scarves to City of Hope!  We are so proud of this grand accomplishment.  It’s our biggest delivery for cancer warriors yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you, all of our Team Hope knitters!

A little about City of Hope (from their website)

City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. We deliver scientific miracles that make lives whole again.

Compassion is the heart of our approach and the driving force behind all our discoveries.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Each innovative treatment we create gives people the chance to live longer, better and more fully.


240 Hats Delivered

Ms. Linda receiving the hats from my stepdad

My folks met with Linda, from the Philanthropy and External Relations department, who was very appreciative of these hats.

At City of Hope, we combine science with soul to make miracles every day.

Our grand total to date is now 3,105 hats delivered! We are so excited to see how far Knitting Rays of Hope has grown!    We hope that we will be able to sustain this volume to keep all our local hospitals loved and warm.  We thank each and every one of our team members who helped make this possible!  We are blown away by how  creative, generous and caring all of you are- striving to make a difference in our world!  Keep spreading hope!

Team Wanda Woman (2014)


On Saturday, May 3, 2014, we walked in memory and honor of my sister-in-law, who lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on 12/27/12.  We came together for our 3rd annual event as Team Wanda Woman (link to 1st and 2nd).  Our team was over 15 walkers strong this year and had many supporters who donated online.  I am so thankful that we come together, to fight as a team, whether you were able to walk on Saturday or if you sent your love and support- we appreciate you!  Wanda was definitely mentally tough- she fought a long battle with a quiet courage, never complaining and frequently smiling instead of crying.  She taught me a lot, and I hold onto her memory as daily inspiration.  When you are facing a diagnosis such as Pancreatic Cancer, it’s very easy to prioritize what is important and what is not.  All the drama, arguing and trivial stress shifts to healing, hoping and praying.  She had a beautiful knack for waiving off those who continually brought chaos to her doorstep.


Even before the pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Wanda was very involved with walking for cancer, walking every year at the Revlon’s event on Mother’s Day weekend.  Team Wanda Woman plans on walking again in May 2015, with Wanda’s spirit.  I would encourage you to get involved in a local event and save the date for next year’s PurpleStride in LA <walking for a cure to Pancreatic Cancer>.

Cancer Urband Legends: Fact or Fiction – City of Hope

It’s great to hear some real conversation about cancer!  It was streamed live yesterday and goes almost 1 1/2 hours but well worth your time, in my opinion.

I am sharing this in hopes of spreading knowledge and awareness in debunking some myths about cancer.  From this discussion, I have gained some knowledge and hope you will as well.
Have a fantastic day!


World Cancer Day


Yesterday was World Cancer Day.  We want to be sure that everyday is a World Cancer Day!  It is important to raise awareness and to promote early detection.  We believe that one day there will be a cure for cancer, and we pray for that day to be sooner rather than later.  We are praying for a day that we no longer lose loved ones, and that everyone is a survivor.  When we started this blog we had no idea that we would find and connect with so many amazing people. The Knitting Rays of Hope cause has opened our eyes to the effects of cancer on the world.  We follow stories and pray for people fighting cancer.  We shed tears for those who have lost their battles whom we have never even met.  Our hearts break for the mommies and daddies and families who lose their children to cancer.  We share stories of wonderful people who receive our hats and their fight with hopes to bring more awareness.  We hope that we can continue to support those battling cancer, and we ask that you find a way to give your support as well.  This disease spares no one!  Keep spreading awareness throughout the year.  Pray for a cure.  Help in any way you can.

A National Priority- Get Involved

We are participating and Taking a Stand by sharing a YouTube Documentary on Childhood Cancer!  Please take a few moments to watch the video and please share it on all of your social media platforms!

The YouTube video is at http://bit.ly/1aRUBxe

The Truth 365 has a website that you can visit and get involved (link).  From The Truth 365:

The goal of The Truth 365 is to educate and mobilize millions of people through Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social networking sites. The film will inform the public that there is a critical need for funding for pediatric cancer research and that they, the NCI and our elected leaders are in a position to help. Through the film, we will introduce millions of people to the world of childhood cancer and inspire them to join our cause. We will accomplish this by showing very personal, compelling and inspiring stories of children fighting cancer. This will touch our viewers on an emotional level and will get them to take action on behalf of children with cancer. This show of support will send a strong message to Congress, the White House and the NCI. Although the film will be very focused on children and their families, we will also have interviews with political leaders and some of the country’s most respected pediatric oncologists.

The force behind the effort is social media. Our campaign is different from other childhood cancer awareness videos because we will be mobilizing millions of people who are not currently involved with our cause. We are lining up celebrities and other nationally known individuals to help promote the film. The families in our project have direct and personal connections to three of the most famous entertainers and athletes in the world who can help us reach a massive audience. In addition, we have support from thousands of high school and college students who will help us promote the video through their social networks. The Truth 365 will also seek to unify the childhood cancer community and we expect that over 100 organizations will join our project.

While increased awareness of childhood cancer is one of our primary goals, we also will give our audience an action plan that will benefit all children with cancer. The film will direct viewers to our interactive website where they discover ways to help.

Please help spread awareness about Childhood Cancer and the lack of funding!