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A Special Delivery

In honor of his auntie, my son took in 25 adult hats for chemo warriors to the Ontario Kaiser Oncology Unit where Wanda would fight the Pancreatic Cancer.


Special Delivery

25 Chemo Caps

25 Chemo Caps


While we were there, we ran up another special delivery to the Ontario Kaiser NICU.

92 baby hats

92 baby hats

We are working hard at delivering all these precious hats that you planned, created and sent to us to spread hope into the world!  We are grateful for the abundant love that we can send out and make a difference for others!

Thank you!

Jeanne Cares Too

Our friend, Jeanne sent us a box of hats:

Jeanne's hats


Her note reads:

This is just a small contribution to a very caring cause.  Thank you for giving me an opportunity to be a part of it.

When I retired 47 years of nursing and picked up loom knitting, I looked for a purposeful cause and the Lord led me to yours.

I am so glad Jeanne found us and was inspired to send us hats she made!

Have a blessed day!


A Special Delivery: Love In Action

In honor of his auntie, my son took in 19 adult hats for chemo warriors to the Oncology Unit that Wanda would get her chemotherapy during her battle with Pancreatic Cancer.

19 Adult Chemo Hats

Wanda passed on 12/27 five years ago, but it seems like yesterday.  It’s always a difficult day around here, and as we fought the tears back, we decided to push through, be strong and do things that she loved.  One of the things Wanda loved to do, was bringing in hats for chemo warriors.  I had just started learning how to loom knit and the hats I made were unquestionably “unique”, but Wanda would always be so kind and encouraging.  And the PR piece was almost always her– I was embarrassed – even with this blog as it sometimes seemed like we were bragging or tooting our own horn.  But she would ask- how can you raise awareness or make changes if nobody knows?  In her kind, patient but firm nature, Wanda pushed me to improve my hat making skills and to grow Knitting Rays of Hope.


Bryan took in chemo hats for adult chemo warriors at Kaiser in Ontario.

And with this last delivery for 2017, we are proud to say we have delivered 6,118 hats to chemo warriors and babies in the NICU!  We are so grateful for your continued support and generosity!  Thank you for making this world better and for spreading love and hope!

Thank you!




Little By Little

Here are the latest 6 hats I crocheted for pediatric chemo warriors.


I don’t have as much free time as I’d like but I try to make an effort.  Little by little, I contribute to making a difference in the world.

Knitting Rays of Hope would like to continue monthly deliveries to both oncology centers and a NICU, so we need a steady stream of hats to include each month.  If you would like to contribute, please visit our Get Involved page for more information.
Thank you!


Sent from Massachusetts with Love

Our good friend, Shirley in Springfield, Massachusetts sent us this box full of lovely hats.

hats by shirley

Shirley included a note that reads:

I am sending this box of 15 hats which contain a mixture of hats for cancer warriors, baby hats and hats for small children.  Please add these to the donations made by Knitting Rays of Hope.  I applaud your efforts and continuing service to the less fortunate.  I am very happy to be able to assist in my own way.  All are made with love.

Thank you you letting me contribute to this very worthwhile cause.

We are very grateful for you and friends like you, for your steadfast support and generosity!

Thank you!

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



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!

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.



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!