Knitting Pals By The Bay
(How It All Began)
In September 2001 my best friend was visiting from Kentucky, we were discussing her twin sister (Jane Neiman) chemo treatments. I sat down one evening before my friend returned home and made Jane a chemo cap; never knowing how valuable a treasure I had given her until she shared with me how grateful she was to have the cap because she was finally warm and comfortable. After realizing how one cap could make a positive difference in the life of a chemo patient I decided to take action.
Being a knitting instructor I had the most important valuable resource (Knitters) to make this idea a reality. I went to my knitting class and asked the ladies if they would be interested in knitting chemo caps and providing them locally. I can remember saying I don't know where these caps will go but I know we are going to fill a need.
The Knitting Angels went right to work, using their wonderful creative skills and with love in each stitch they began bringing caps to class. Our first 2 official deliveries took place in July 2002. Since that time we have grown rapidly, currently we have donated 34,652 caps to children, teens and adults from San Francisco to San Jose and Lakeport, CA. The need is great and the project is on going and somehow the army of knitting angels continue to meet the supply and demand factor.