Spreading Hope…a hat at a time.

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Hats from New Jersey

We recently received a box full of warm hats from Cricket in New Jersey.


She included a note that reads:

Here are more hats. I’m sure that they will be needed.

Yes, these will be included in the next delivery and will help spread warmth and hope to cancer warriors!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!

Green Lantern for Conlan


I made this special hat for Conlan, who has severe cerebral palsy and is known as the Hat Man since he wears all types of hats all the time.  In addition to dealing with cerebral palsy, Conlan’s grandfather is in Stage 4 of Lung Cancer and has moved in with Conlan’s family.   So on the back of the Green Lantern hat, I made a white ribbon to celebrate his grandfather and bring awareness to his battle with this extremely horrible disease.  Conlan’s name mean hero, so we think it’s quite fitting that he has a Green Lantern hat!



Back of Hat- White Ribbon for Lung Cancer


Conlan wore the hat to school and everyone loved it on him!  We will keep Conlan and his entire family in our prayers.


Gifts of Hope & Warmth


Last week I went back to the Kaiser in Ontario, back to the infusion center where my sister-in-law and I would go for her chemotherapy, oncology doctor visits and blood transfusions.  Going there without her brought up very deep-seated anger and sadness which surprised even me. The 7 adult hats pictured above and a bunch of magazines were delivered to the patients of the oncology/infusion center.  I hope they are strengthened in their fight by these gifts.

Lung Cancer Awareness


Vanessa and I (and our families, of course) have both been affected by lung cancer and it’s aftermath.   Vanessa recently lost her grandmother and I lost my mother-in-law in 2005 to lung cancer.   Death is just horrible and leaves a hole with its finality.

Death has rocked my family to its core.  Since we lost my mother-in-law in 2005, we have been in the grieving process… and boy is it a process!  It’s unique for each individual, as unique as the relationships we built.  No one grieves the same way or the same time and there is not a “right” or “wrong” way to grieve.  Grief is difficult, but can be just impossible if you repress the grief – sadness or anger.  We have learned that you should not bury your feelings down- allowing ourselves to mourn is essential to healing.  Healing is essential to loving  (yourself and others) once again.

Remember, in this post (link), when I said in June, we celebrate many angels.  My mother-in-law’s birthday is June 19th, a day before my daughter.  I have fond memories of combined birthday celebrations for these 2 lovely ladies.  Mama, since all her grandchildren called her that, we did as well, was a gentle but strong, kind and funny lady who fought lung cancer bravely and with a fierce faith.  I remember being pregnant with my son, and she told my husband that she was waiting to meet her grandson.  He was born, adored, kissed and loved for 6 months before she earned her angel wings.

We will donate this hat to the adult chemotherapy transfusion center in the near future, as we collect more for this delivery.  We hope that it will bring hope to someone fighting lung cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Ribbon


This was created in honor of my sister-in-law, for her birthday (6/30) and for her courageous fight against this horrible disease! June is a particularly difficult month for my family now, but it used to be completely different.  We used to slightly groan about how it felt like Christmas in June, and how expensive it was for us as a young couple.  God created so many wonderful people in the month of June: my father-in-law, my mother-in-law, my daughter, my brother, my nephew and sister-in-law.  We lost my mother-in-law to Lung Cancer in 2005, my father-in-law to ALS in 2009, and my sister-in-law to Pancreatic Cancer in 2012.  Oh, how I wish my problem was figuring out what to get them for their birthday instead of missing each of them so much.

Shortly, I will take this hat (and some others) to the adult oncology infusion center, where Wanda used to receive her chemotherapy.  I hope that it will bring courage, inspiration and hope to a chemo warrior in their fight against pancreatic cancer!

St. Jude Adult Delivery


Today we donated another 6 adult hats to the St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton. I had my grandmother take these in to the facility because she has been receiving her treatments there. She has been doing well, and she just went in for a scan to see if the cancer treatments are making any difference. Please send up prayers that we will see a positive difference in her scans. If we see that the cancer is spreading, then she will stop doing chemotherapy treatments.

We are just so wonderfully excited to be delivering another batch to the hospitals putting us right on track to reach our goal.

Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbon

Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbon

November also brings awareness for Lung Cancer.  Vanessa’s grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in August 2012.  She has completed the first stage of her chemotherapy and is fighting with courage and vigor. She will begin the second stage after the Thanksgiving holiday. We pray and send positive thoughts to Vanessa’s grandmother and her family.

In 2005, we lost my mother-in-law to small cell lung cancer.  It was a devastating loss for our family.  Yesterday was the anniversary of her passing.  She is extremely missed and very loved.  This was our first encounter with cancer and chemotherapy and the fight to live.   We found Love certainly does NOT end with death.  My mother-in-law was a wonderful, loving grandmother to her grandchildren (4 boys & 1 girl).  Her grandchildren were her babies and the smiles, kisses and love, she would bestow on them were reserved just for them.  Even my Bryan, who knew Mama for just 6 months is lucky to have felt her deep, tender love. After a courageous 5 year battle, I still clearly remember the horrible night she passed.  My mother-in-law was the original creative lady, before Pinterest was even imagined.  She taught me many things, my mother-in-law, who was proud and brave, sweet  and funny, shy until she got to know you.  She loved fiercely yet quietly and was my first lesson that strength can often be quiet and steady.  I miss her a lot and wish we had more time with Mama, as she was taken too soon from us.

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness month  and to become aware, we need to increase public understanding of the disease, its prevalence and approaches to screening and prevention.  We also need to raise awareness all year long for Lung Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer to advocate for our loved ones who are currently battling these diseases.  My mission is simply to help bring attention to the various cancers, get people talking and raise money for research to find CURES!

When famous people become advocates for awareness, we can reach vast audiences.  NFL Veteran Chris Draft has recently become an advocate for Lung Cancer Awareness because his life was deeply impacted when his wife died of lung cancer at the age of 38 last year, just 1 month after their wedding.  Everyone should know the disturbing facts about lung cancer that it kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, and melanoma skin cancer combined. That it’s most often diagnosed in stage IV, when the cancer has already spread and is hard to treat. And that every year, 16,000 to 24,000 Americans die of lung cancer even though they have never smoked.  For the full article, please click on this link.

Please keep the cancer warriors  and the victims in your thoughts, prayers and conversations.  By raising awareness, we can campaign for a cure.  Finding a cure for all cancers need to be a priority for everyone, even before your family is entrenched in the battle.