Hats for Hope organizer Melissa Nichols needs your help to ensure success on October 21 at the National Brain Tumour Conference. She is hoping that area residents will take the time to knit or crochet to show support for cancer patients.

While Nichols was sporting a bald head after treatment in 2014 for her brain tumour, she was dumbfounded by an act of kindness from someone she barely knew; it was a gift of a handmade knitted hat. The hat not only warmed her head- it also warmed her heart, inspiring the creation of Hats for Hope.

After a successful Hats for Hope event at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital in 2016, she will carry on this drive, sharing a free hat and this story for all to enjoy at the National Brain Tumour conference next month.

Nichols wants other patients to feel good knowing someone cared enough to take the time to make them a hat.

As the conference is quickly approaching, she needs your help. She is hoping residents will drop off their handmade hats by October 20 to either Princess Margaret Hospital Brain Tumour Centre (18th floor) or The Village Hive In Markham (55 Albert Street Ste 105).

She shares her journey in her book Day by Day. “Try on my shoes while you read about my journey. It’s not over yet… I’ve come to realize it will never be over. Sure, the physical aspect of having an illness is a huge element, but there is also emotional, social, spiritual, financial and intellectual aspects that are affected as well. Believe it or not, I found humour in almost every situation I was in, and share most of them in this book. I’m sure you will see the role of being a patient very differently after reading the book. You will never understand fully what it was/is like in this health drama, and I hope you never do. I just hope by reading my book it will humble you and remind you to live Day By Day,” notes Nichols.

To donate a Hat, you can drop them off as mentioned above, and keep abreast of new locations closer to you/ more news via Facebook at @DayByDayMelissa or Web melissanichols.ca