Hat Project – Free Hats for Cancer Patients
We understand that humor is one key to survival. As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Indeed it is. That is why Breast Friends developed the Hat Project. When one of the co-founders was given a funny hat that said, “No Hair Day,” it changed her world. Where she had been afraid to go out in public out of fear that people would stare, she was suddenly excited to be seen in public. The funny hat allowed people to talk to her, rather than about her. Portland artist Jo Gefre met Breast Friends and created a hat that truly helps! Pink or blue hats, complete with a funny caption (‘Has Anyone Seen my Hare?’ or ‘Temporarily Bald, Permanently Beautiful’), can help turn the heartbreak of hair loss due to chemo therapy in to an opportunity for laugh therapy.
Tackling a tough situation “head on” often is the key to getting to the other side. When we laugh endorphins actually diminish physical and psychological pain. We believe that you can heal through laughter and that this hat can be a reminder to laugh often and laugh well.
“Thank you so much for sending my mom a hat. She loves it and now it’s her favorite.”
Breast Friends receives about 500 hat requests per year. We send these hats out free of charge to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer patients only who are in active treatment and experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy (within the United States*)
We sincerely ask that you please respect the mission of Breast Friends and only request a hat if you or someone close to you is in active treatment for breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer treatment and experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy. The time involved in preparing the hat packages is labor intensive and the funds required for the hats and shipping the packages is high. In order for Breast Friends to continue its mission to help those in need, we ask for your cooperation in this matter. Thank you! And we especially thank those who have financially supported this program so we can continue our work.
To receive a hat, or to request one for a friend, you may request a hat online or contact your local affiliate, or the national office at 1-888-386-8048.
The cost of our Hat Project is over $5,000 per year. Our GoFundMe goal would ensure our Hat Project would be funded through all of 2019.
*Due to the cost of shipping, we are unable to ship outside of the United States.
“I just received a teal colored cap from you [Breast Friends] in the mail. It appears my Granddaughter-in-law, Gina … asked you to send it to me. I love it! I have ovarian cancer, Stage 4, and it is the perfect color.
I will wear it with pride. Thank you so much!”
~Barbara, Breast Cancer Survivor & Hat Recipient
“Thank you so much for the cap I received in the mail today. In 2010 I had pre-stage one breast cancer in my left breast. I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction and was told by my doctors that I was clear of all cancer. Now here we are in 2017, I was diagnosed 1 month shy of my 7-year cancer anniversary with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I will proudly be wearing my new cap to my weekly chemo as my hair has decided to abandon my head. Thank you so much!”
~Susan, Breast Cancer Survivor & Hat Recipient