More Than
Just A Hat

We founded Ellie’s Hats to brighten the day of children with cancer. Since Ellie’s Hats began in Feb 2014,  We have donated over $500,000 directly to families, in the form of checks, and gift cards. We have also sent 1,000’s of hats to children and hospitals.

Ellie, Her Mom and Jay on Good Morning Washington

Hear from Ellie, her mom and Jay, who were on WJLA’s Good Morning Washington Show on February 17th 2020.

Our Story

In 2013, Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. By the time she entered kindergarten, she had lost most of her hair. We donated fun hats to Ellie. Now, we’ve expanded far beyond hats. Whether it’s granting a wish or supporting families in need, each day we work to make a child with cancer day a little brighter.

What We Do

Hats and financial assistance

We send boxes of hats to hospitals and clinics for the children being treated for cancer.

“Financial Assistance Program”

This Program was started in Jan 2019 and is coordinated with the Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Clinic, in Falls Church VA. **In March of 2022 we expanded the “Financial Assistance Program” to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown WV. Each month the social workers select five families who are struggling financially. We give each one of those families a $1,000 check. As of Feb 2024, we have now donated over $500,000 through this program.

Hero Bag Program

We donate bags containing items that are helpful to newly diagnosed pediatric cancer patients at Inova Children’s Hospital. The items in the Hero Bags were recommended by the Child Life Team. We have donated hundreds of these bags.

Grant a Wish

As we learn more about the child with cancer we do what we can to help them and their family.

Sponsors & Partners

Latest Updates

Ellie's Hats Fall Classic
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Sponsor Alert! 
A BIG thank you to Michael Angles with Allstate Insurance for being one of our sponsors for the upcoming Ellie’s Hats Open golf tournament.  Located in Chantilly, VA, Allstate helps customers protect their families with auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, and more. If you’d like to sponsor the Ellie’s Hats Open or are looking...
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Get Involved

There are a variety of ways you can help make a difference, from volunteering to collecting hats. See opportunities below.