For three years, Jennifer witnessed all aspects of suffering from cancer as her mom’s caregiver. She first knitted a hat for her mom who was having trouble sleeping because pillowcases were scratching her head, leaving slits in her tender skin. She learned about the pain and burning sensation that her mom experienced. Treatment rooms are kept at lower temperatures to prevent the spread of germs, and patients become extremely cold. The hats and blankets help keep patients warm.

After her mom passed, she found herself with no one to knit for. To ease her fibromyalgia, she began knitting hats thinking her church would get them to the proper donation sites. The church suggested starting a ministry, but the ministry requires splitting donations with the church. Thus, was the birth of Knitting for Cancer, where 100% of donations are spent benefiting the nonprofit. On February 28, 2019 she started the paperwork, and on March 15, 2019 it was approved as 501(c)(3).

Knitting for Cancer is all about making patients warm and comfortable. It’s about bringing comfort during a trying time. Patients love receiving a hand-made gift and knowing that someone cares. Knitting For Cancer is experiencing its growth due to the tremendous input from Vice President Lee Ann McMillan. Lee Ann has been an integral part of Knitting for Cancer from its start. Her idea of teaching a knitting class led to the expansion of four classes and teaching the inmates at Grafton Correctional Institute how to loom. She also assists in community outreach by securing vendor opportunities for Jennifer. 

Jennifer personally calls and visits senior living facilities and other cancer support groups to see if anyone needs a hat or blanket. She travels frequently to deliver the goods where needed. If you know someone who could benefit from Knitting for Cancer, please contact us at jenniferb.knittingforcancer@gmail.com