If you would like to purchase hats please visit our etsy site here.
At the young age of 10, Preston Allen was a two time cancer survivor.
When he was 5 months old, he was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and battled...and won...for 5 1/2 years. Shortly after turning 10, he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent treatment once again but for 3 months this time. It may have been shorter, but it was much more intense.
Six months after Preston's initial diagnosis, his daddy, Dana Allen, was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. He was given 6 months to live but was with us for almost 8 years before he went to heaven.
When Preston was in treatment for the Lymphoma, he lost his hair. Hair loss due to chemotherapathy not only makes their heads cold, but causes people to stare. :( Having watched his mom sew all his life (she's a quilter), Preston asked her if she'd help him make a hat. She did. After he made 3 for himself, he looked up from the machine and asked "Do you think I could make some and take them to the kids at clinic?" Who could say "no"???? Beanies for Baldies was born!
Now 11, Preston regularly takes hats to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN and mails hats as often as possible to volunteers in other cities across the United States for them to hand deliver to their local children's cancer clinics. Although Preston still makes a minimum of 250 hats a month himself, we have other volunteers that are helping him sew, cut fleece and iron on labels. We had our first community sewing day in Murfreesboro, TN in November, 2012 and had almost 40 people attend and made 318 hats in one day! It was awesome!!!
If you'd like to help, we have hats on Etsy at Beaniesforbaldies.etsy.com . For a $5 donation, you receive a hat and pay for the materials needed to make four more hats for pediatric cancer patients. Our most current need to postage money. We try to mail 50 hats at a time to each hospital and it takes money. Unfortunately, those 50 hats are long gone by the time the next shipment arrives.
Here is a link to a story on Preston done by our local CBS affiliate: