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March 30, 2012

Local woman seeks donations for cancer patients

Friday, March 29, 2012 — One local woman is asking for the support of the community in the form of donations of an everyday item.

Tanya Hatley is seeking donations of hats and other accessories for patients at the Roy Hinson Cancer Center in Albemarle, which is a mission that she holds dear.

Hatley’s mission, Hats & Accessories for Hope, began out of personal experience. Her husband, Danny, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2011. At nearly the same time, his cousin was also diagnosed with lung cancer.

“She lost her hair after going through treatment. We all started wearing hats to help her so she wouldn’t feel so alone. But when her hair regrew, we decided we would take those hats and donate them to the Roy Hinson Cancer Center,” Hatley said.

“The ladies there were so tickled because they didn’t have any hats for the other patients. This surprised me that no one had stepped up to the plate.”

And so her mission was born. Hatley began, over the course of several months, to set herself up as an official volunteer with the American Cancer Society, as well as begin collecting donations of hats, scarves, wigs and other hair pieces.

“We take gently used or new hats, scarves and wigs. Everything is cleaned and then we take them to the center,” Hatley said.

Hatley explained that the hats can range in style from baseball hats to fedoras. The center has even begun to make turbans for the patients, so Hatley is adding new, white men’s large T-shirts to her list of accepted donations.

To date she has collected more than 350 hats and accessories from businesses including Maurices, JCPenney, and Honda of Concord, as well as from members of Cottonville AME Zion Church and Friendship Methodist Church, and friends, neighbors and family.

“This is one small way that I can try to give back. And I have met some wonderful people along the way,” Hatley said.

Donations can be made by dropping off items at Hal’s Restaurant, 957 N. First Street, Albemarle, or Maurices, 814-3 N.C. 24-27 Bypass, Albemarle. Fliers with more information, including contact information, can also be picked up at these locations.

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