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 warriors become extremely cold. The hats and blankets help keep warriors 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 warriors warm and comfortable. It’s about bringing comfort during a trying time. Warriors love receiving a hand-made gift and knowing that someone cares. Knitting for Cancer is experiencing its growth due to the tremendous dedication from Knitting for Cancer Team and Volunteers. Teaching knitting classes has led to the expansion of four classes including teaching inmates at Grafton Correctional Institute. 

Jennifer and her team personally deliver comfort packages to cancer centers as well as cancer warriors individually, rather in person or by mail. If you know someone who could benefit from Knitting for Cancer, please contact us at jenniferb.knittingforcancer@gmail.com