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Give Cancer Patients Comfort and Hope through Knitting Charity Ears to You

Help cancer patients in a unique way through knitting charity Ears to You

In 2008, Ruth Crane was diagnosed with breast cancer. The battle against her illness included the usual hardships of chemotherapy and emotional difficulty. She made the decision early to attempt to remain as positive as possible in the face of her illness.

Her friends helped her with funny stories, prayers, and well-wishes. But Ruth was a little unprepared for the difficulty of losing her hair following her second round of chemotherapy. Every morning she faced the decision of how to deal with her now bald head. Should she wear a bandana? A wig? Nothing at all?

She didn’t want to be seen or thought of as “the cancer patient,” but rather as “Ruth,” just as always. It was this battle that led to Ruth’s forming of a charity organization called “Ears to You.” The idea was to help women and girls fighting cancer feel more beautiful and confident by offering them a special gift: earrings.

Eventually Ruth’s group expanded to include men and boys, to whom they offered special hats. Today, Ruth is cancer-free and more determined than ever to help other cancer patients involved in their own struggles. She is reaching out to those who make jewelry and/or hats and requesting donations.

How You Can Help

You can donate either hats or — if you’re feeling adventurous — earrings! Hats for boys and men should use the patterns linked to on this page (scroll to the bottom).  Please also note the guidelines; they would like these hats to be specific colors.

If you’re up to a different kind of knitting, why not try knitting earrings? You can find quite a few knitting patterns for earrings on Ravelry.com, including these:

Coralie Perfect Knitted Acorn (click “free Ravelry download” to get the pattern)

Bijouterie Estee Necklace and Earrings (click “DOWNLOAD NOW” to get the pattern)

Berry Trapezoid (click “Click here to download this pattern”)

Picot Earrings (scroll down to the photo of the earrings, then click the photo to get the pattern)

Luna’s Radish (or Dirigible Plum) Earrings (click “free Ravelry download” to get the pattern)

However you choose to help Ears to You, whether it is with knitted hats or earrings, you can enjoy the reward of giving a cancer patient a moment of joy and hope through your charity knitting.