Heaven Can Wait

Please join us Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the the 23rd Heaven Can Wait 5K walk/run in Redmond, Oregon. We will have a booth at the Redmond High School football field where we will be offering free knitted and sewn hats to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and “knitted knocker” prosthesis to patients who have undergone a mastectomy. The Heaven Can Wait walk/run will start at 10:30 a.m. at Redmond High School.

Heaven Can Wait raises money to support Sara’s Project, a fund of St. Charles Foundation. Sara’s Project provides education, early detection and support services to ease the challenges of breast cancer for people in Central and Eastern Oregon.

Handmade Hats, Knockers and Shawls for Cancer Patients

Thousands of beautifully knitted, crocheted and sewn hats have been created by members and community volunteers for Deschutes County chemotherapy patients who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer.  In addition, knitted hats for the homeless are distributed at Bend Community Center and through Mosaic Medical’s mobile medical vans that serve Bethlehem Inn, The Family Kitchen, and Shepherd’s House.  Members also provide hats to Mountain Star Relief Nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years of age.

In 2017, volunteers started making “knitted knockers” — knitted or crocheted bra inserts used by women who have undergone mastectomies. Last year, volunteers created 300 sets of knitted knockers, which are soft, washable and customizable to an individual’s needs. Knockers are available free at St. Charles Cancer Center, Bend Medical Center, and some doctors  offices. Click here to read more about knitted knockers.

Assistance League of Bend’s newest outreach to cancer patients began when an Assistance League of Bend member gifted a shawl to a friend who was receiving chemotherapy infusions. The cozy polar fleece wrap was a comforting reminder to the patient that she was not alone on her journey. It also kept her warm and provided pockets for storing personal items like her cell phone and glasses during treatments. Since Assistance League of Bend had been providing handmade hats and knockers to cancer patients for numerous years, naturally the idea of providing comfort shawls was a welcomed addition to the program. Volunteers cut and sew the shawls using donated fleece. The response to the shawl distribution has been incredibly positive and they expect there to be even greater demand as the seasons change.