"Kendall, what are you most afraid of about having a bone marrow transplant?"
..."Losing my hair."
Kendall, losing her hair was more than a physical loss.
meant losing a part of her identity. Hair is perhaps our most defining physical feature. When
asked to describe someone, one of the first characteristics
mentioned is their hair.
What color is it?
Is it straight, curly, wavy, long, or short?
Not long before her transplant, Kendall learned to knit and, knowing that the loss of her hair was inevitable, she knit hats for herself. She
loved the colors, softness, and creativity in the
hats that she knitted and that others knitted for
Our sister, Kendall
Atkinson, tragically died on March 14, 2004 at the age of 20, following a bone marrow transplant for Fanconi anemia.
memory of our sister, we launched "Kaps
Our goal is to raise money to fight Fanconi anemia, the disease that took Kendall's life, and to provide special hats for kids and adults who have lost their hair from medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
In addition, knowing Kendall's heart for the poor, appropriate hats will be donated to the homeless and those in transitional housing.
How you can help:
1. Make a tax deductible donation to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF)/Kaps for Kendall project through the donate link on our website. For every $25.00 you donate, a hat will be given to a person in need.
2. Donate a hat. Knit, crochet and fabric hats are all welcome.
We thank you for visiting the site and appreciate your help and support.
Sponsored by Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers Burg Simpson.
Our first two events to Knit Away FA were grand successes!
2008 Stitch N' Pitch
Kaps for Kendall is the winner of the Denver Post 2007 YourHub.com Community Giving Program. A $1,000 award was received, which means 40 more hats donated. Thank you to everyone who voted for our project!