Halos of Hope & The Great BuZZZ–July 17th, 2012

Where Benjamin apparently does his best thinking!

“I never imagined it would hurt.” Words from Pam Haschke, as she experienced the hair loss side effects of chemotherapy after her cancer diagnosis. Now eight years cancer-free, Pam is the president and founder of Halos of Hope, a national non-profit, sending volunteer-donated knit & crochet caps to over 450 cancer centers across the country.

Pam joins Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc., to talk to Marly about The Great BuZZZ campaign. A HUGE Thank You to the Hope Sponsors! Knitting Universe also has resources for you to spread the word! Which “Team” are you?

Drew Emborsky, the Crochet Dude, Mark Moraca, from Kollage Yarns, and Benjamin are vying for your votes to ‘save’ or ‘shave’ them, and raise funds for this great cause! The voting opened last week and response has already been great.  One $10 donation to save or shave one of these guys allows Halos of Hope to send out 31 hats! More votes means more needs are met across the country.

With 20 thousand listeners to the podcast imagine what $10 from each of you would mean to this company!  $200,000 would do a lot of good…heck, it would send out 6 million 200 thousands hats!!!!!!

My money is on SHAVE!

Halos of Hope started out as a grassroots campaign in the Chicago suburbs and has grown over the years into a nationwide organization. Since 2008 72,000 hats were collected in support of over 450 cancer centers nationwide! One hat truly makes a difference.  Hats are needed for all ages of children, teenagers and adults. Halos of Hope also works with The Valerie Fund / Camp Happy Times. Last year 325 themed hats were sent to the campers.  This year, the volunteer based has contributed 365 themed hats for this years camp!

Pam has been stitching for many years and attended Stitches several times before approaching XRX about the possibility of Halos of Hope being a vendor. Now, the charity attends each regional event and the response has been great when they collect hats on site. Marly, in hosting the PJ party at Stitches, put out the call for all attendees to knit up the Ratatouille hat and many ended up donating their hats to Halos of Hope! Would you like to make the hat? Keep your ears open for the coupon code to get the pattern 50% off! Marly has also published a crochet version of this hat as well, called Sous Chef.

Shave Ben and get to see him in his own Ratatouille hat!
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