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Pam Harshman

Co-Founder
Northern Indiana Chapter

Pam is the co-founder and inspiration behind Crochet for Cancer, Inc. She was diagnosed with stage 3A uterine cancer in October, 2011. After beginning chemotherapy treatment, she made herself several crochet caps similar to ones she had received from a non-profit near her home in northern Indiana. Someone had donated caps to the organization (Riverbend Cancer Services) and Pam had been blessed to receive a few. It was at this moment that she and her daughter Tracy felt the Lord telling them to give back and help others like Pam was helped. During her treatments, Pam and Tracy began to crochet caps to donate to the infusion center and would place an uplifting scripture on each one. Since that day, Crochet for Cancer, Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds inspiring ladies from around the world to donate caps to their local hospitals and oncology offices. Crochet for Cancer, Inc. has now partnered with numerous cancer centers and founded several chapters throughout the US & Canada.

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Tracy & Carl Wells

Co-Founders, Board Members
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South Georgia Chapter

Tracy and Carl Wells live near Savannah, Georgia and are co-founders of Crochet for Cancer, Inc., along with Tracy’s mom Pam. Tracy works as the Executive Director and handles the marketing, research and day to day operations of the organization. Tracy also runs a chapter and delivers caps to cancer centers around south Georgia.

Creating Crochet for Cancer has truly been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. I feel so blessed to be able to share this experience with my family and most especially with my mom. She is my inspiration and best friend. ~Tracy

Crochet for Cancer, Inc.
c/o Tracy Wells
P.O. Box 622
Springfield, GA 31329
Email: info@crochetforcancer.com
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Louise A. Murphy

Chapter Leader - Hamburg, NJ

Louise is a mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, cousin and wife of a cancer survivor.  Nothing readies you or your family for the “C” word, but when it happens, nothing beats the support and love of others!

Toasty Noggins was created with family, friends and soon-to-be friends in mind. We hope to support and ease the difficulties associated with the battle against cancer by providing hats created, collected and provided by local and national supporters to be distributed to area hospitals and cancer centers.

If the creation and donation of a one-of-a-kind hat brings comfort and a smile to those fighting the fight of their lives, then I’m happy. We strive to make every beautiful noggin toasty warm, one hat at a time.”

Toasty Noggins Chapter
c/o Louise Murphy
P.O. Box 153
Hamburg, NJ  07419
Email: toastynoggins@gmail.com
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Pauline Fortier

Chapter Leader - Montreal, QC Canada
Montreal, Quebec

Pauline has been crocheting for almost 2 years and learned by watching videos online.  In the Fall of 2012 she formed Pauline’s Precious Moments, a chapter of Crochet for Cancer, Inc., that will make and distribute chemo caps, prayer blankets, slippers and any other items that will benefit cancer patients. Pauline lost her mother and several aunts to this unforgiving disease and she has made it one of her goals to spend time with the patients to help uplift them in any way she can.

I want to make the cancer patients going through chemotherapy just a little more comfortable. I want them to know they are forever in my thoughts and they are not alone. I believe it takes a society to come together to help in any way they can in the battle against cancer. ~Pauline

Pauline’s Precious Moments
c/o Pauline Fortier
6870 de Monts
Montreal, QC  H4E 2T4
Email: p_dopson@hotmail.com
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Christina Bacigalupa

Chapter Leader - Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, Maryland Chapter

Christina is a self taught crocheter and after experiencing a difficult time in her life she decided to give back to others by crocheting caps for cancer patients. She formed Hooked for Life as a way to show love to others and as a positive force to see herself through a stressful and trying time.

Although my experience is not cancer related, cancer has touched everyone of us at some point in our lives. Whether through a friend, relative or your own personal battle. I want to offer a little bit of encouragement, hope and a gentle ”hug” through our donations. ~Chris

Hooked for Life
c/o Christina Bacigalupa
P.O. Box 9045
Baltimore, MD 21222
Email: cbacigalupa@yahoo.com
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Julie Allen

Chapter Leader - Southern Indiana
Southern Indiana Chapter

Julie is a breast cancer survivor and learned to crochet when she was 10 years old. Each month women in the community would visit the girls in the orphanage where Julie lived and taught them to sew, knit and crochet. She fell in love with sewing and crocheting and has used those talents to give her family members handmade afghans and presents throughout the years. Julie and her husband have two daughters and five grandchildren. Tragically they lost a son when he was 17 years old in a motorcycle accident.

These past few years have been tough and I ask God how much more I can take…but I do trust him and my faith grows stronger each day. As I was going through radiation I saw a lot of patients losing their hair and it touched my heart. When I saw the Crochet for Cancer site I knew I wanted to get involved and give back, or as they say “Pay it forward.” ~Julie

Southern Hats
c/o Julie Allen
P.O. Box 1213
Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Email: southernhats@yahoo.com

 

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Diana C. Quick

Chapter Leader - Roanoke, VA

Diana is a two time Cancer survivor; Breast Cancer in 1997, which was a journey that prepared her for another (Uterine) Cancer diagnosis in 2008. During her bout with Breast Cancer, God spoke to Diana’s heart and impressed upon her that no matter what happened, she was in His hands! “My faith grew by leaps and bounds while I was battling Breast Cancer. I was surrounded by friends, family, physicians and even people I didn’t know who loved me, supported me, as well as prayed with me and for me throughout that ordeal. I am blessed beyond words!” Many of Diana’s family members have battled Cancer; some have lived to tell their stories and others, sadly, lost their battle. “Grandma Millie’s Crochet For Cancer” chapter was formed in honor and memory of Diana’s mother who was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in 2011 and passed away in January 2012 at the age of 96.

Diana has been crocheting for over 40 years. She owns a small crochet business where she sells mostly hats and dolls.

“It just seemed to make sense, when I heard about Crochet For Cancer, Inc., that this would be a perfect way for me to give back in a creative, meaningful way!”

Grandma Millie’s Crochet for Cancer
c/o Diana C. Quick
P.O. Box 19563
Roanoke, VA 24019
Email: dcquick@cox.net
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Carolyn Dorsey

Chapter Leader - Henderson, KY

Carolyn Dorsey is owner of Memories Past and Present antique and gift shop and Memories Yarn Cafe’ located in Henderson, KY. She has crocheted for years, but put it aside until her two grandchildren were born, making them both blankets for their car seats. Crocheting has become a large part of her life over the past year and a half, making blankets and hats for them and also prayer shawls which are given to friends in need. In November, 2012 her 16 month old grandaughter, Sadie Caroline, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia which is a very aggressive cancer. Unfortunately, she lost her little Sadie on December 21, 2012, at just 17 months old. She has decided to form the Sadie Sunshine Chapter of Crochet for Cancer, Inc. in memory of Sadie and her always sunshine smile.

When we lost Sadie to cancer, I began to search for something permanent and ongoing that I could do in her memory and found the Crochet for Cancer cause exactly what I needed. The chemo hats will go to cancer patients at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and our local hospital. I believe that the true way to find happiness in this life is to do whatever you can to bless others.

Sadie Sunshine Chapter
c/o Memories Past and Present
324 N. Elm Street
Henderson, KY 42420
Email: hendersonmemories@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SadieSunshineChapter

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Karen Veldkamp

Chapter Leader - Central Michigan
Central Michigan Chapter

Karen has a passion for her family, friends, and for crocheting. Her mother taught her to crochet in 2010 and she’s never looked back. After seeing several loved ones face the challenges associated with cancer, she felt like God was calling her to form a chapter in her community.

I have seen my best friend, Christy and my mom win the battle against cancer and they are survivors. Praise God. However, I have lost 2 dear friends to this terrible disease. Forming this chapter in honor of my loved ones is a wonderful opportunity for me to show compassion and Gods love to those currently in the fight. ~Karen

Michigan Chapter – Crochet for Cancer
c/o Karen Veldkamp
P.O Box 179
Morley, Michigan 49336
Email: teamductape@hotmail.com
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Jennifer Mault

Chapter Leader - DeKalb, IL
DeKalb, Illinois Chapter

Jennifer is a Thyroid Cancer survivor and has been crocheting since she was 15. A dear woman Golda Osborne was Jennifer’s mentor. Jennifer enjoyed crocheting gifts for family and friends and this talent soon became one of Jennifer’s favorite hobbies.

My heart goes out to all people affected by cancer. Since my diagnosis, I cherish every moment I have and I realized that I need to use this gift the Lord has given me to bring comfort; hope, and healing to people that are struggling to make sense of this terrible disease. I knew I had to form the chapter “Sow Many Blessings” in Northern Illinois when I found the Crochet for Cancer website. It is my prayer that Sow Many Blessings will bring peace to many. God’s blessings! ~Jennifer

Sow Many Blessings
c/o Jennifer Mault
P.O. Box 47
DeKalb, Illinois  60115
Email: sowmanyblessings@gmail.com

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Caitlin, Myrna & Erin Malimban

Chapter Leaders - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, Arizona Chapter

My two older daughters, Erin and Caitlin, learned how to crochet about 5 years ago in their tween years. That is when I rediscovered my love for the craft. We crocheted often, together with my mom, always itching to start a new project: Who needs something crocheted? Whose birthday is coming up next?

Then my mom’s sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2011. I crocheted my first chemo cap for my aunt. Thankfully, after 3 (difficult) rounds of chemotherapy, her cancer went into remission. We then crocheted and donated caps to patients at her hospital in NC. We felt, though, that we could do more, something closer to home. After thinking and praying and searching, the Lord led us to Crochet for Cancer. How wonderful to find a Christian organization that does exactly what we want to do! It became clear to us that we should set up a local chapter and foster this love and support for cancer patients within our network of crocheters. We are pleased to be part of this larger effort of crocheting for charity. It is our hope that the Lord will bless these efforts and deeply impact the lives of both the givers and receivers of these lovingly hand-crafted gifts.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. ~1 Corinthians 13:13

Crochet for A Cause
c/o Myrna Malimban
P.O. Box 417
Higley, AZ 85236-0417
Email: crochetforacauseaz@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crochetforacause.az

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Jessica Weaver

Chapter Leader - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC Chapter

Jessica works as the accounting & shipping Manager for her family’s Fishing lure company in North Carolina. She is married with two 2 beautiful children. Jessica learned about Crochet for Cancer from her Aunt who donates to her local cancer center. She loved the idea and began to teach herself how to crochet through online video tutorials.

What I love about Crochet for Cancer is that making a cap or scarf is something I can do to help brighten someone’s day, even just a little! I have a couple friends currently battling this horrible disease, and I feel like even the smallest things can help make a difference.

To donate to Jessica’s chapter please send items to:

Southern Stitches
c/o Jessica Weaver
150 North Belvedere
Hampstead, NC 28443
Email: southernstitcheswilmington@aol.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernstitcheswilmington

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Katharine Tate

Chapter Leader - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, GA Chapter

Katharine’s mom taught her how to crochet while she was in high school and she immediately fell in love with it. In January, 2013 Katharine’s mom was diagnosed with Leukemia and soon began taking treatments. Katharine began crocheting her mom chemo caps after hearing from a nurse that the cancer center was out-of-stock.

Giving a handmade item to someone fighting cancer is something I feel led to do. My mom loved wearing her hats at night to keep her head warm. My husband and I want to be an example to our daughter of how we should love others and give of ourselves when we have an opportunity.

Stitch for Life
c/o Katharine Tate
P.O. Box 468151
Atlanta, GA 31146
Email: ktate1482@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stitchforlife.ga