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 sent nearly 2,000 packages to children with cancer across the country.  We have donated over $300,000 to families and hospitals, in the form of checks, gift cards, and other items which have a direct impact on the families.

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 help

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.

Each month the social workers select five families who are struggling financially. We give each one of those families a check. Up until this year the checks were for $1,000. Starting in 2022 the checks will be for $1,500 per family. In January 2022 we reached a milestone. We have now donated $200,000 through this program.

**In March of 2022 we expanded the “Financial Assistance Program” to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital in Morgantown WV. We are donating $500 checks to five families who will be selected by the Social workers.

In 2022 we will be donating $127,500 worth of checks to 121 families.

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.

Grant a Wish

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

Thank You

Our generous donors help make our mission possible.

Sponsors & Partners

Latest Updates

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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.