Costa Mesa-based charity contending for votes to win grant

Knots of Love seeks to continue its mission of 'warming one head at a time' by giving and making caps for chemotherapy patients.

August 30, 2012|By Jenny Stockdale | By Jenny Stockdale
  • Jessica Silver, 14, is battling an extremely rare, deadly cancer of which there are only dozens of cases and for which there is no known cure, called Nut Midline Carcinoma. She is in stage 4 of the disease, has endured four rounds of chemotherapy and weighs just 62 pounds. Knots for Love sent her three different caps, one of which she's wearing above.
Jessica Silver, 14, is battling an extremely rare, deadly… (Courtesy of Knots…)

Knots of Love, which donates handmade caps to chemotherapy patients, is vying for votes next month for a grant worth up to $250,000.

Beginning Sept. 6, the Costa Mesa nonprofit will compete alongside nearly 30,000 other charities eligible to receive grant money from the Chase Community Giving 2012 program.

Chase media contact Eileen Leveckis confirmed that the charity to receive the most votes could be awarded up to $250,000. An additional 195 top charities could receive anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on voting results.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly called the organization Knots for Love.

"This would help the organization an unbelievable amount," Knots of Love Executive Director Christine Fabiani said Thursday. "We're a 100% donation-based nonprofit. We give all our caps away to the people who need them most, completely free of charge.

"Our costs are $10,000 a month to operate, though, so winning anything from this would go a very long way for us and allow us to do so much more for them."


Fabiani, who learned to knit when she was 6 years old from her grandmother, founded Knots of Love in 2007 after a career in the dental field.

After making a few caps for her two sons, Ian and Geoffrey, she piqued the interest of a longtime friend who had survived cancer. The friend commented how helpful the caps would have been for her during her chemotherapy treatments.

"The first cap I made was terrible; it was huge and gigantic and couldn't even fit a bowling ball," Fabiani said. "But they got better, and pretty soon I had made dozens. My friend, who had had cancer, saw them and suggested I donate them. When we couldn't find a place to donate them to, we decided to create one ourselves, and Knots of Love was born."

To date, the nonprofit has donated 128,000 caps to adults and children suffering from life-threatening illnesses at more than 400 hospitals and treatment centers across the nation. It has an estimated 800 knitting and crocheting volunteers from across the country, many of whom have lost loved ones to cancer. The volunteers produce, donate and ship nearly 3,000 caps a month.

"We could easily ship 4,000 a month if we had the extra help," Fabiani said. "More volunteers are always welcome!"

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