Hats Off For Cancer collects and donates hats of all kinds to the courageous children who lose their hair due to cancer treatments.
As one of the leading and original hat programs, Hats Off For Cancer has donated more than 1.5 million brand new hats to hospitals, camps, and individuals worldwide since 1996.
The program was founded by Tara Lawrence at age 14 after losing her grandfather to prostate cancer. Attending fundraising events for cancer research, Tara met kids her age who were battling cancer. The children told her over and over again how much they hated to lose their hair. After hearing this from so many children, Tara knew she could do something to help. In 1996, she began writing letters to companies, sports teams, and celebrities asking for the simple donation of a hat. The charity received more than 1,000 hats in the first three months, and has grown in the past 16 years to help more than 1.5 million children and set up drives on five different continents.
Still run as 100% volunteer, all funds go directly to purchasing, storing, and shipping hats, as well as helping cancer patients' families in need, and running the Mad Hatter drive events around the world.
Hats Off For Cancer is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.