Beginning in the spring of this year, The Medical College of Wisconsin embarked on a program called Operation Chemo Comfort that sought to show cancer patients that they are not alone during their treatment by delivering them hats, handmade cards, care packages and gift certificates.
Because of its attention and popularity, this fall organizers have decided to change the focus of the program to supply only sewn head scarves and knit caps to those experiencing the disease.
"We have almost 200 total scarves and caps at this point; we have sewers and knitters working from Green Bay to Madison to Chicago," said Carrie M. O’Connor, clinical research scientific writer at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. "Our goal is to deliver 1,000 combined scarves and caps to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Froedtert campus in December before the holidays."
The team that consists of O'Connor and several others will be collecting the sewn, knit or crocheted scarves and caps until Dec. 2. To present residents with an opportunity to get involved, O'Connor has arranged a sewing event for people to help with the knitting of caps and scarves called "Sew Much Love." The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19, at the RedLine Art Gallery building, 1422 N. Fourth St. in Milwaukee and is coordinated with MKE Fashion Incubator, which provides sewing courses and workshops for the community.
For more information or to have hats and scarves picked up, please email O'Connor at email@example.com or Kelsey Lexow at firstname.lastname@example.org.