Happy Cancer Girl

A Happy Girls Journey with Cancer

A Package Full of Sunshine

on April 30, 2013

A couple weeks ago I came home from the hospital and found a package in the mail. I admit I was super excited, it’s always nice to receive something that isn’t bills or junk mail! I looked at the return address and it said The Get Well Gang. I didn’t know what was in the box, or how The Get Well Gang had received my address, so like a child I shook the box and tried to figure out what it was.

When I opened the box I was blown away. Sitting in the box was a couple beautiful hats, but as I took out one hat, I realized there was another hat under it and then another and another. The box had 6 hats in it!!! Each hat had a card attached with the person’s name who had knit it. The box also had a nice note that included well wishes, the groups web address, email address and mailing address.

I emailed Gretchen Huntley the founder of the group to express my gratitude and to ask permission to blog about the group and the wonderful hats that I received. She told me that the request for the hats came from my friend Krissy and she was glad I liked the hats that she picked out for me. The day that Gretchen emailed me, she told me she had just sent out 264 hats for a total of over 23,000 hats in 10 years!

If you know how to knit or crochet and you would like to volunteer, you can contact Gretchen by email: info@getwellgang.ca or phone: 613-382-4576. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet money donations are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to The Get Well Gang and sent to the following mailing address:

Gretchen Huntley

4767 Hwy #2, RR #3

Gananoque, Ontario

K7G 2V5

The organization is small so they do not have a charitable number at this time so they will not be able to send out any tax receipts. However it would mean a lot to me if you decide to support this group by volunteer or by donation.

Now, how about some pictures. I’m not a great model and most or all of the pictures are selfies, but I have to show you these hats!!





After I corresponded with Gretchen I gave her my blog address, as I did ask if I could blog out her organization. After she read my posts she asked me if I would like her to send me copies of her children’s book to give to my nieces and nephews. I said yes, as it’s hard to explain to them what is really going on with me. The book I received is so cute and so well thought out. It is called Mama Grog Gets Sick and is about a little family who’s mother has cancer, has to take naps, loses her feathers and then when she is better her feathers grow back curly. The book is super sweet and I can’t wait to give the copies to the kids!

I hope you are all having a good day. The sun is shining and the air is warm here!!

12 responses to “A Package Full of Sunshine

  1. Amanda says:

    Awww what a beautiful organization!!! And the hats look awesome!!!

  2. What a lovely idea, so thoughtful too. Enjoy your hats! How are you feeling?

  3. wendy says:

    That is a wonderful idea and such a great feel good story! once again- you shared bits of sunshine with us! May your day be filled with sunshine and good thoughts! Hugs! wendy

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful blog today about our group. We are so pleased that the hat choices were the right ones for you and I hope you will only have to wear them for a short while and then you will be CANCER FREE! Our mission statement is to “warm the heads and hearts of cancer patients” and if we have done just that then we will have accomplished what we set out to do! Speaking for every crafter in The Get Well Gang we thank you and wish you good health in the very near future.

  5. Gretchen Huntley says:

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog on our hats. I have taken the liberty of sharing it on The Get Well Gang Facebook page and if at all possible would you consider letting me have it put on our brand new website? It would mean so much to me.

    You look great in every single one of the hats, a perfect model!

    I hope your treatments are going well and you’ll be 100% soon. I was also pleased that you liked the little book and hope the children will to.

    Thank you again and be well soon,

    Gretchen Huntley

    Founder of The Get Well Gang

    • Thanks for sharing my blog on Facebook, it is greatly appreciated. You are more than welcome to share on your website. I LOVE the new look and was glad it was up and running in time for me to write my post!

  6. I love the “Get well Gang!”

  7. Megan says:

    This is a great idea and organization – I was surprised to learn its near where I live, and even closer to where I used to live! The hats look really good on you! Love you!

  8. What Better Reason says:

    I have nominated you for a Shine On Award because you are an awesome and inspirational person! To accept your award please follow this link! http://whatbetterreason.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/shine-on-you-crazy-diamond/#more-1154

  9. Well hows all going Renee? well Renee won’t b long u will be a ok. In MY BOOK CAN’T HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH 4 U,well u got some beautiful hats ,and sure hope it makes u feel better,I know ur r going through Hell right now but look on the good side won’t b long u will start feeling better,and really hope it happens soon for u,well girl thoughts and prayers coming ur way,well got to run got supper on the go so will ttul Afa Lee Ann,keep ur chin up girl were all pulling for u and ur family, hugs , keep us all updated u got a pile of friends and family all pulling for u,,

  10. Candis "Kesh" Hatzis says:

    Inspiring! I just received my generous box of hats today and was also overwhelmed and moved to tears!!! I live in NW Montana. Blessings to you too!

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