Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

Posts tagged ‘Brain Cancer’

Robin’s Contributions

Our friend from Arizona, Robin sent more hats, that are adorable!


We are so grateful for friends like Robin, who are steadfast and always thinking of Knitting Rays of Hope!  We greatly appreciate your contributions and know that they will bring smiles and spread hope!

Thank you!  Thank you!

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!

Super Jon- A Local DIPG Warrior


We found out about Jon a few weeks ago, from a friend whose son is Jon’s friend and schoolmate.  To support Jon and his family, please visit his Facebook page (link).

From his Facebook page:

Jon is 6 year’s old and was diagnosed Oct. 17, 2013 with an inoperable brain tumor known as DIPG (see link below). There are less than 300 cases per year world wide, and occur usually only in children. The average age of a child diagnosed with DIPG is between 5 – 9 years old.
Jon is currently receiving radiation treatments at CHOC and is doing
very well.
Jon is in the first grade and loves to be with his classmates. Jon loves doing all the normal activities a 6 year old boy does. He is know for his great smile and energetic spirit. Jon Jon is a blessing to all who know him!
Thank you to all who have graciously given to Jon’s parent’s, Joe and Arisa for his care, they have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support. Please continue praying for Jon Jon and the entire Lorenz family. We are expecting God to do great things!

In the Press Enterprise, there was a story printed about Jon (link) and the fundraisers that we can support to help Jon and his family through this difficult journey.

We hope that the Superman hat makes this incredible 6 year old boy feel strong against this brain cancer battle, as he is already a Superhero in our eyes.

Brain Cancer Awareness


These hats were made for a very special family.  Jennifer lost her 23 month old son, Rylan, to Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor (AT/RT).  According to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this tumor is a rare high-grade tumor that occurs most commonly in children younger than 2.  The survival rate for children diagnosed with this tumor under the age of 3 is less than 10 percent.  This statistic is just unbelievable!  We need to start spreading more awareness about the cancers that inflict children and the need for better treatment options.

Jennifer is such a brave and wonderful woman and has been through so much heartache. She told us that she is currently expecting a baby girl, and we knew that we had to make a very special hat for her and her daughter to show how much they love Rylan. The awareness ribbon was the best way we knew how to represent their love and to also help raise awareness.  We made 2 hats for Jennifer’s baby girl, since babies grow so quickly.  Jennifer is so kind that she donated to us a special amount so that we could continue to make hats for many others. We are truly grateful for your gift and wish you all the best.

It is so important that people begin to share the stories of Childhood Cancer so that the world is as aware of it as they are aware of Breast Cancer. You can follow Jennifer on facebook at Ribbons For Rylan.  If at all possible try and do what you can to raise awareness.  Together we can make Childhood Cancer and Cancer in general a thing of the past.
~Pali & Vanessa

Brain Cancer Awareness

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month.   According the American Brain Tumor Association (link), brain tumors are the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children  (under the age of 20), second to Leukemia.  There are many campaigns out there to increase awareness, educate the people, but the one message that stuck with me is:  “I could be your child.”  I just couldn’t imagine the anguish that these families experience.  The National Brain Tumor Society (link) has a great website for education, awareness, how to become an advocate for Brain Cancer.

As discussed here, we are hoping to bring increased awareness, so in honor of May being Brain Cancer Awareness Month, I created this hat.

greyribbonI wrote up a pattern, as suggested when we participated in the Link Up Party.  This is my first time writing a pattern, so if you have any feedback that could help me, I would greatly appreciate hearing it.

<Free Pattern>
I made this hat on a 36 peg loom for a woman.

To create a this brim
Row 1: e-wrap the pegs
Row 2: purl stitch
Row 3:  e-wrap stitch
Row 4: purl stitch
Row 5:  e-wrap stitch
Row 6: purl stitch

For the rest of the hat
e-wrap  until the hat is 7 inches long (from bottom of brim to top)
My row count is 28 (not including the brim)

To close the hat
On last row of e-wrap, cut 12 inches of the yarn.  Thread this yarn thru a tapestry needle, and take each stitch off the peg.  When all stitches are removed from the pegs, pull the hat closed.  Make a cross (sew the yarn in a + at the top of the stitches) and then go in through the top of the hat.  Make a knot inside the hat and cut off the excess yarn.

You may have a tail near the brim.  You can make sure to secure it with a knot, very close to the brim and cut off the excess yarn.

Crochet the Special Awareness Ribbon
Using Charisma yarn and a crochet hook size K
HDC- Half Double Crochet
Chain 33 single crochets
Skip last 2 in the chain, and HDC in each stitch until you get to the beginning slip knot.
End with a slip knot to secure all stitches

Shape into a ribbon and sew onto the hat using a tapestry needle

I plan to deliver this hat with a few others that we have at the Kaiser Oncology Department in Ontario, where my sister-in-law used to receive her treatment.  We will see how that goes… I think it’s time and I know they are needed, though I am not sure if I am strong enough to make this drop off without tears.  I really miss her…