Archive for May, 2012

Knots of Love

May 15, 2012

The answers to some questions seem obvious before you ask them. But Christine Fabiani surprised me when I asked her motivation for creating “Knots of Love.” It’s a charity that makes and donates caps to cancer victims and I was sure she’d known someone intimately who’d either lost or faced the prospect of hair loss due to illness. Starting a mini-ripple of philanthropy aimed toward one person that swelled into a wave of generosity washing over countless others seemed like a logical progression.

“My son asked me to make him a cap.” The answer was that simple. Only Christine had no idea how to do it and no intention of trying to learn until her son’s requests persisted. It took a series of failed efforts before she created anything that functioned like the cap her son craved. But time mixed with persistence is the recipe that solves most of the world’s solvable problems and her caps soon got so popular that her son’s friends all wanted one and so did their friends…  Christine kept making the caps after demand dwindled, because “making caps is a fun, quick way to pass the time while watching TV or a sporting event… A friend told me she would have loved a cap when she had cancer.  I looked for a charity to donate my caps to and couldn’t find one. That’s when Knots of Love was born.”

Christine’s baby is now a 60 to 70 hour a week job and well worth the time and effort judging from the feedback. One cap recipient told Christine “I never dreamed I’d be going bald at the age of 28. Losing my hair has been devastating. I was so nervous that I’d wake up, all my hair would be gone, and I’d have nothing to cover my head with! Your gift has been the bright spot of my day, and I am so excited to have something I can still feel attractive in. Cancer is awful, but it’s wonderful to be reminded there are amazing people in the world, people who make a difference in the lives of hurting people like me.”

The gift of “Knots of Love” is grander than the solace it brings to the people who receive and wear the caps. The charity has also recruited a dedicated cadre of cap makers who donate their time and skills. Christine tells me, “I hear comments all the time like–thank you for saving my Mother’s life, now she has something to do that makes her feel good.”

Giving and receiving. In the end, Christine tells me, it’s all part of the process for “people of all ages in need of love, kindness and support as they wage the fight of their lives.”