A remarkable story

This is such a great story about a childhood cancer survivor coming back to the place where she battled cancer 20 yrs ago. Jennifer was a patient at CHOP and now she is a nurse and wants to practice at CHOP. Her family lives in the northern Virginia area and I have had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer’s mother Gail and her adorable younger sister. I wish that I was posting stories like this on a regular basis. I hope that hearing about Jennifer gives parents of children that are battling cancer some hope.


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Hat making day at the clinic 2014

It was so nice to get a chance to go to the clinic and help some children, battling cancer, make some hats. The children enjoyed themselves as you can see in the pictures. It was a heartwarming and a heartbreaking experience.

Hats from Peru

We have even received hats from Peru.


UVA Hat Making Event 2014

The First Year Council at the University of Virginia held a hat making event in November. They delivered 35 hats to the UVA Children’s Hospital. The remaining 40 hats were given to Ellie’s Hats to be donated. Here is a quote from the President of the Council. “Our event went very successfully! We had a larger turnout than expected and even ran out of hats to paint before the event ended.”

Hidden Valley High School

The DECA students at Hidden Valley High School collected over 800 hats from their efforts promoting Ellie’s Hats. They even created a video to tell their story. Hidden Valley DECA.





DEC 2014 Updates

Our last update of 2014. Thank you for all of your support during our first year. We are looking forward to 2015 and helping more children and families that are battling cancer. Please continue to follow Ellie’s Hats and share our mission with friends and family. If you would like to receive future updates please fill out the form on the website.

Link to this update

FCPS and Ellie’s Hats


Ellie’s Hats is very excited to announce that Fairfax County Public Schools will join us in our efforts to increase childhood cancer  awareness in September. Fairfax County Public Schools has  1,111,620 students attending  so there will be many people that will know more about childhood cancer. As we get closer to September we will let you know of some of the things that are planned.

We are now a 501 (c) (3)

What started out with an idea to get a few hats for a cute little kindergarten student in my class is now a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization. This has been made possible because of the efforts of so many wonderful people that want to help children and families that are battling cancer. Thank you!

This is a picture of Ellie today. August 2nd, 2014

Dalton Gulsby

Each time I drop off a box of hats, at a clinic, I have a good feeling that some children are going to enjoy picking out a hat. I dropped off some hats today for Medstar Georgetown University Medical Hospital. Today was different than the other times. Today I was dropping hats off in honor of a brave young man that passed away August 10, 2010. Dalton Gulsby was the same age as my son Ryan, who is now 20. As young boys they  played SYA sports against each other on different teams. Dalton went to the elementary school where Jenni, my wife, is the Principal. She was there when Dalton was first diagnosed and saw him begin the battle fighting cancer. When I started Ellie’s Hats I wanted to contact Dalton’s mother, Bari, but I just was not sure when I should. I finally decided that it was time to contact Bari and let her know about Ellie’s Hats and to let her know that Ellie’s Hats would like to start sending hats to Georgetown to honor Dalton. Of course donating hats will not bring Dalton back but my hope is to keep Dalton’s name alive.