The Chemocaps Program

“The Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”

We proudly salute all of you caring and compassionate knitters who participate in this program hand knitting chemocaps for cancer patients. Because of all of you knitters here in the U.S. and in countries all over the world cancer patients of all ages from infants to seniors are feeling alot more comfortable wearing hand knit chemocaps.

Hands Knitting Chemocap

Hands Knitting Chemocap


We encourage each of you to knit one or two or a few chemocaps and donate them to a cancer treatment center in the area where you live. It’s neighbors helping neighbors one chemocap at a time and yes it does make a difference!

My daughter Heather (age 25 and a great knitter) passed away August 31, 2000.

In her memory we are knitting and donating hand knit chemo caps to wonderful hospital oncology inpatient units and hospice programs so that cancer patients who lose their hair can have a very soft hand knit cap to call their own to comfort their heads and their souls because they will know someone cared enough to knit a cap for them.

What can one say but thank you, which doesn’t seem quite enough, but all of you are helping to make a cancer patient in the oncology unit and hospice program feel more comfortable and comforted knowing that a knitter cared enough to hand knit a chemo cap for their head.

Please tag each cap you donate
“Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
Hand Knit By (your name)
or
Hand Knit In Honor Of (name)

The “ChemoCap” tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
you deserve it.

Thank you for helping…
Ronni

34 thoughts on “The Chemocaps Program

    • Hi Mona.
      Thank you so much for wanting to participate in the “Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program” of http://www.chemocaps.com
      Since the mission of this program is “neighbors helping neighbors” it would be wonderful if you could knit chemocaps for cancer patients who are in St. Joseph Hospital and/or Community Howard Regional. Both of these hospitals have an inpatient oncology unit. Please choose whichever hospital is closest to where you live and when you have a batch of chemocaps knit up, please deliver them to the Nurse Manager/Oncology Unit in the hospital. The patients who are losing their hair to cancer treatment will be so appreciative to have a soft handknit chemocap to wear.

      Please remember to place a little tag on each chemocap (see the chemocaps.com front screen for the message)
      Thank you so very much for helping cancer patients to feel more comfortable and to feel that someone cares.
      Ronni

    • What kind of yarn & weight & colors should I get. I crochet my hats & look for the cheaper prices. If you can tell me where to purchase it at best prices.
      Donna

      • Hi Donna

        The patterns on this website call for dk/sport and worsted weight yarns. Since the mission of this program is
        “warmth without weight” and not knowing in what climate you live, I would suggest dk or sport wt unless you live
        where the winters are wicked and then worsted would be wonderful.
        I haven’t a clue where you should purchase yarn. Hopefully wherever you live you have access to local yarn shops and craft stores like Joanne’s, Michael’s and A.C. Moore. Walmart now sells yarn once again. Although I have never bought yarn online from this company, I understand that they have very cheap prices for all types of yarn and so perhaps you will find what your looking for and for the inexpensive prices. If you do order online from them – let me know how the process is and how the yarns are.
        Smileys Yarns Online
        http://www.smileysyarns.com

        I have never bought yarns from this vendor but they have a good reputation for inexpensive yarns.
        You could also go online and in a search engine box type in
        Mary Maxim Yarns

        I’m assuming that since you are a knitter, you have somewhere that you buy yarns to knit with and so you can continue to buy yarns where you always buy them or you can try the places I’ve listed.

        Please note neither http://www.chemocaps.com nor I am affiliated with any of the places to buy yarns that I have suggested.
        I have heard of other knitters who have bought yarns from the above listed sellers but i on a personal basis have no knowledge of their yarns or process or reliability first hand.
        Ronni

  1. Thank you Ronnie! I hope to put together a group of women from my church to start making chemo hats. We will distribute to both Howard Community and St Joseph.

    Thanks,

    Mona

    • Hi Keri.

      Thank you so much for wanting to participate in this program. I would be happy to email but could you please tell me what you want me to email. I’m just not understanding since you didn’t provide any explanation.
      Looking forward to hearing from you so I can offer assistance.
      Ronni

    • Hello Melanie, My Dear Ravelry Friend.

      I am so pleased that you would like to participate in this program. This program is all about “neighbors helping neighbors”
      so please select the hospital closest to you in Pretoria that treats cancer patients for donating your completed chemocaps.
      Please remember to attach a paper to each chemocap with the message that is on the welcome screen of http://www.chemocaps.com

      Thank you on behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your handknit chemocaps.
      See you on ravelry…….
      Ronni

  2. Please email me the hospitals or cancer centers close to San Dimas, California that would be interested in receiving handmade chemo caps.
    Thank you

    • Hi Rae Jean
      Thank you so much for wanting to participate in this program. The closest hospital to San Dimas that treats cancer patients is:
      Pomona Valley Hospital
      1798 N Garey Ave
      Pomona, CA

      Pomona Valley Hospital has a cancer treatment center that combines inpatient oncology services with outpatient chemotherapy and radiation.
      They would love to receive handknit chemocaps for their cancer patients.
      Please attach a little paper to each chemocap with the message that is on the welcome screen of http://www.chemocaps.com
      and when you have a selection of handknit chemocaps – please deliver them to the
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology of Pomono Valley Hospital.
      She will be happy to keep the chemocaps and allow patients who are losing or who have lost hair to select one chemocap complimentary for themselves……

      Thank you so much Rae Jean for participating in helping cancer patients feel just a little more comfortable.
      Ronni
      (909) 865-9500

    • Hi Darlene

      Diebold Family Cancer Center which is located at

      New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776

      would be a wonderful place for your knitting/crochet group to donate completed chemocaps to. The mission of this
      program is “neighbors helping neighbors” and so this would be keeping the chemocaps in the community in which
      you live.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name or name of knitting group)
      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

      Please deliver the completed chemocaps from your group to the
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology Unit
      Diebold Cancer Center – New Milford Hospital

      She can hold onto the chemocaps and allow each patient losing/lost hair who is in need to select one for themselves complimentary…….

      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your group’s hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are all making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients

      Ronni

    • Hi Holly

      Thank you so much for wanting to participate in this program. The mission of this program is “neighbors helping neighbors” and so I would recommend that you donate one, two, a few or as many as you would like to knit to a hospital closest to where you live in the Minneapolis area. When you have the completed chemocaps you would like to donate – please deliver them to
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology Unit at the hospital you choose.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name or name of knitting group)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in hospitals and cancer treatment centers.
      Please ask the nurse manager to allow a patient in need to select one complimentary chemocap for themselves
      and to please keep the rest on hand so that other patients losing or have lost hair may select one also when
      the need arises.

      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  3. What about crochet hats? – for those of us who’d like to help but don’t knit.

    I would love to spend some of my ‘free’ time making hats for cancer patients.
    Can’t knit.

    Hi LitBits

    It’s wonderful that you want to crochet chemocaps for cancer patients. The nicest crochet chemocaps are at this website:
    http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/patterns.htm
    There are a few different patterns to crochet and the patterns are complimentary so you can print out the patterns and enjoy the crocheting of the chemocaps.

    I’m thinking that you live in the Annapolis area and right there in Annapolis is the
    DeCesaris Cancer Institute which is at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.
    It would be wonderful if you would crochet chemocaps and when you have a batch of completed chemocaps please deliver them to the
    Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology Unit
    DeCesaris Cancer Institute

    The nurses can offer those cancer patients who are losing or who have lost their hair to select a complimentary chemocap for themselves. They are going to feel more comfortable and more loved and the softness of the chemocap will protect their sensitive scalp.

    As part of this program all we ask is that you
    Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

    ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
    www,chemocaps.com
    crocheted for you by (your first name)

    This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
    This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.

    On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your crocheted chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
    you deserve it.
    Ronni

  4. I am looking for places around Charlotte, North Carolina to donate. I think this is such a wonderful cause. I remember watching my grandmother always having a head scarf or a soft knit hat on while going through chemo. This is such a small thing that we can do but it makes such a huge difference to those who receive the hats.

    • Hi Sherese.
      Thank you for wanting to participate in this program. I am so sorry that your grandmother was diagnosed with & had to go through cancer treatment. I think you should knit these chemocaps and donate them in honor of your grandmother and your love for her. I know she is smiling down upon you and glad to know that you are helping to bring comfort to cancer patients who like her are losing or have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. I would recommend that you wait to donate the chemocaps you knit until you have as many completed as you wish to donate so that there will be lots of them for the patients to select from.

      In Charlotte there are two hospitals known for treating cancer patients and if you could knit chemocaps and donate them to one of of these hospitals, it will be very much appreciated by the staff and patients who will receive them.
      Since the mission of this program is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” choose whichever hospital is closer to where you live.

      Novant Presbyterian Medical Center
      200 Hawthorne Ln
      Charlotte, NC 28204

      or

      Levine Cancer Institute
      1021 Morehead Medical Drive
      Charlotte, NC 28204

      Please deliver your completed chemocaps to the
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology Unit (at whichever hospital you choose)

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name or in honor of (your grandmother’s first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.

    • Hi Liane.
      Thank you for wanting to participate in this program. Since the mission of this program is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” I would recommend that you choose the hospital closest to where you live that treats cancer patients. Please let me know which hospital you choose to donate chemocaps to. When you have as many completed chemocaps as you would like to donate
      Please deliver them to the
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology Unit
      Hospital Near Where You Live

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  5. I would like to be involved in your progam for knitting chemo hats I live in Amherst Nova Scotia. I am not far from Moncton New Brunswick or Halifax Nova Scotia.

    • Hi Cynthia.

      Thank you so much for wanting to participate in this program. I have been to Nova Scotia and loved meeting the people, listening to amazing music (went home with the Sounds of Nova Scotia cd among others) and enjoyed everything about being there.
      It was an amazing experience. The mission of this program is “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” and right there in Amherst you have a wonderful hospital that treats cancer patients. I know they will very much appreciate receiving your chemocaps on behalf of their cancer patients who are in need of a soft cap to wear during or after losing hair.
      Please deliver your completed chemocaps to

      Holly Chapman RN BN
      Cancer Patient Navigator
      Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre
      19428 Highway #2, R. R. #6
      Amherst, NS

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  6. Hi,

    I’ve been looking for a program like this! Thank you so much for starting this program, I think your incentive is highly commendable.

    Can you recommend any hospitals I can donate to in the Newark, NJ area?

    Thank you, Marta

    • Hi Marta
      There are so many excellent hospital in the Newark, NJ area that treat cancer patients. The mission of this program is “neighbors helping neighbors” and so I would recommend that you choose the hospital closest to where you live to donate your completed chemocaps. If your not sure where then I would recommend that you deliver the chemocaps to the
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology
      The University Hospital
      150 Bergen Street
      Newark, NJ 07103

      or
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology
      Rutgers Cancer Institute At
      Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
      1 Robert Wood Johnson Place

      They will very much appreciate receiving the chemocaps on behalf of their patients who are in need and they can choose one for themselves complimentary from the batch of chemocaps you have donated.

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.

      Let me know the name of the hospital you choose to donate to so I can add it to my list of hospitals being served.
      Ronni

      • Hi Ronni,

        I just got started on my first chemo cap! I have decided to donate the caps (once I have a nice enough batch) to Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick.

        I hope the patients receiving them will be nice and warm :)

        • Hi Marta.
          I’m so glad that you have decided to knit chemocaps for cancer patients and I hope that your enjoying the knitting of your first chemocap. Robert Wood Johnson Hospital has a very big cancer care program and they will be so appreciative to receive your completed chemocaps. Whenever you have a nice amount of chemocaps knit up that you want to donate.
          Please deliver them to
          Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology
          Robert Wood Johnson Hospital

          As part of this program all we ask is that you
          Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:
          ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
          www,chemocaps.com
          knit for you by (your first name)

          This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
          This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
          On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
          you deserve it.
          Ronni

    • Hi Kathy
      Thank you so much for your interest in crocheting chemocaps for cancer patients. It would be very appreciatived if you could deliver your completed chemocaps to
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology
      IU Health Goshen Center For Cancer Care
      200 High Park Ave
      Goshen, IN

      Here is a link to complimentary crochet chemocap patterns, just in case your looking for some more patterns to crochet.
      http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/patterns.htm

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  7. what hospitals in the Northern Virginia, or Wash DC area participate in the chemocaps, or other similar program? Knitting for a cause ~Nina B.

    • Hi Nina.
      Thank you for wanting to knit for a cause and for choosing to participate in this program. The mission of this program is
      “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. All of the hospitals in Northern Virginia and in Washington. DC and surrounding areas that treat cancer patients are very appreciative to receive complimentary chemocaps for their patients who are in need.
      Please choose the hospital that is closest to where you live to donate your completed chemocaps to. I would very much appreciate your letting me know which hospital you choose to add to my list of hospitals being served.
      Please deliver your completed chemocaps to
      Nurse Manager/Inpatient Oncology
      Whatever hospital you choose

      As part of this program all we ask is that you
      Please put a little tag on each chemocap that says:

      ” Heather Spoll No Hair Day Hat Program”
      www,chemocaps.com
      knit for you by (your first name)

      This tag lets staff and patients know about the program and that it is a “real” program.
      This program is well known by oncology staff in cancer treatment centers.
      On behalf of every cancer patient who will be the recepient of one of your hand knit chemocaps, I say Thank You. You are making a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and your a wonderful person for participating. Give yourself a big pat on the back
      you deserve it.
      Ronni

  8. Thank you for setting up this site! One question: what type of yarn is good? Is there a fiber I should stay away from? I have a stash of yarn I’d love to use up.
    My son and I are setting up a fundraiser too donate $$ for research and chemo caps to our local hospitals. His mentor is fighting cancer again so my son (10yrs old) decided to sell his homemade birdhouses, to give money to cancer research. I told him I’d make caps, for each I sell I’ll make two to give. I’ll give all I don’t sell too. My son has a huge heart and it broke his heart to hear his mentor is sick, and now a teacher at his school is going though chemo therapy. It is hitting my son’s heart hard.
    Love and peace to all
    Thank you

    • Robin

      It is with very heavy heart that I have read your message and with great sadness I am replying.

      There is no yarn that would ever be the right yarn to be used in the knitting of chemocaps to sell whether for fundraising or any reason.
      Just the thought that someone would be paying money to buy a chemocap for a cancer patient is absolutely horrendous.
      Chemocaps are donated/given “complimentary”(for free) to hospitals, cancer treatment centers, hospice, individual cancer patients anywhere/everywhere in the world. No monies are ever paid for any chemocaps for any reason. Knitters all over the world use their yarns, donate their time, knit collectively millions of chemocaps each year to be given complimentary to cancer patients.
      The idea that you want to knit chemocaps to sell for fundraising is disrespectful to all the thousands of knitters who knit chemocaps for cancer patients.

      The monies that you would raise in your fundraising efforts would be used for postage stamps, office supplies, petty cash for coffee, etc. by the american cancer society and any other cancer research organization. You could never raise enough monies that would ever be used for cancer research. It is the six figure and above donations that are the monies that are used for cancer research.

      Your son at age 10 years wants to do something nice for his teacher who is going through chemotherapy. I can understand his wanting to help and I have a recommendations for you so that you can lead by example and show your child what giving is all about – a generous heart, a willingness to show care and concern and it is not by selling but rather by giving. That is what charity is all about………

      My recommendation would be for your son to build a homemade birdhouse to give to his teacher to enjoy and also to build lots of birdhouses to donate complimentary to the cancer treatment center where his teacher is receiving his chemotherapy. It would be so wonderful for any of the cancer patients who are going through struggles to be able to take home a homemade birdhouse to enjoy. It would bring a little pleasure into their lives……….Your son can also gather together his classmates to make get well/thinking of you cards to send to their teacher. I’m sure he would enjoy the children’s thoughts.

      You are a knitter so why not join the thousands of knitters all over the world by knitting up lots of chemocaps to donate complimentary to the cancer treatment center where your son’s teacher is having his chemotherapy. Why not knit his teacher a chemocap to show him that you care and you can donate the batch of chemocaps in honor of the treatment he is receiving and it would be appreciated by all the patients who are in need.

      Please let me know the name of the cancer treatment center that your son’s teacher is having his chemotherapy at and his teacher’s name. I will send a large batch of handknit chemocaps to them and thus we can avoid this disturbing thought of charging for chemocaps which is wrong and can never be justified.

      If your son wants to participate in fundraising then consider having him join the boy scouts. It is an exceptional organization that teaches children excellent skills and they do a considerable amount of fundraising as well which goes to a very good cause……..the boy scouts of america.

      Ronni

  9. Hi Ronni,
    My coworkers got together and made some blankets to donate, would you be able to give me information to who I need to contact at the Cape Fear Hospital Valley Center in Fayetteville, NC. I called couple people there but looks like nobody knows who I really need to contact.

    Thank you in advance for any information that you can provide.

    • Hi Lily

      Wow, how wonderful is that, that you all got together to knit blankes to donate. I have a fabulous idea for you.
      Gather up all the blankets and take them to the infusion/chemotherapy center at the hospital.
      Cancer patients are always cold when they are getting chemo and they like to wrap themselves up in a blanket. Hospital blankets are pretty thin and so alot of the chemotherapy centers love it when people donate blankets for them to
      have on hand and let their patients use them during treatment.
      Ask for the nurse manager on duty when you take them to the infusion center at the hospital and tell her they are for the patients to use while having treatment if they are feeling chilled.

      I think you and your coworkers deserve a big pat on the back. Knitting blankets/lap throws take quite a bit of time and it’s people like you and your coworkers who make a difference in the world.
      Ronni

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