2015 Melly Hat Donations

National Women's Health Network Inc.

2015 Melly Hat Donations

In memory of Melissa Fender

2015 Melly Hat Donations

Donate to the National Women's Health Network here, and I will send you a coupon code for a free download of any of the hats I designed in honor of my sister Melly: For Good, Measure In Love, and Joyful Joyful.

Please provide your Ravelry ID as your name or forward your donation confirmation email to megan AT stockinettezombies DOT com.

My sister Melissa, affectionately called Melly, was a fun-loving, quick-to-laugh, caring and generous soul. Melly tragically died in 2007 from pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs), we believe were caused by the birth control she was taking.

This hat is named for the song in the closing musical number in Sister Act 2, Joyful Joyful. I have fond memories of watching and singing along to this song with my sister, and re-enacting the grand finale. The song lyrics include wonderful imagery of nature, which always reminds me of my sister, who was a nature-lover and forester. Also, the message of rejoicing in life has stuck with me, and gently reminds me in even the saddest and darkest times to find joy in all around you! My family so loved the movies and song that we chose this song to be played at her funeral.

In remembrance of her on her birthday, November 29th, I have designed this hat that I would love to knit and be able to give to her. This hat is also a fundraiser for the National Women’s Health Network, with donations made at FirstGiving receiving a coupon code for a free Ravelry download of the pattern. The NWHN is a woman’s health advocacy organization seeking to “protect women from health risks caused by unsafe drugs, devices and medical treatments”, in addition to addressing many other health issues that face women today like health care coverage. For more information on this organization, please visit: http://nwhn.org/

In addition to your donation, please knit the hat and give it to a loved one. Find joy in knitting the hat. Find joy in sharing time with your loved ones. BE JOYFUL JOYFUL!

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