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Fri, Jan. 27th, 2006, 09:39 am
atlstagemanager: Healing Shawls - Relay for Life

My dad and stepmom are the chairpeople for the Morristown (NJ) Relay for Life. Nancy has asked that I pass this along to all who knit (since I don't).

Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.

The shawls are given out to cancer survivors at the Morristown Relay For Life on May 19-20, 2006 (an overnight event) where we honor cancer survivors and celebrate the grand team fundraising effort that has taken place over the previous several months. It is a huge community rally/relay where we raised $195,000 last year and honored over 100 cancer survivors. We hope to honor over 150 cancer survivors this year. To be fair, we like our special gifts to be exactly uniform at least in design. Over the last two relay events one volunteer hand made craft gifts for each survivor and they were all uniform at least in design. Since the shawl has been done before in other parts of the country exactly like this, we chose to mimic success.


A group of volunteer knitters wanted to make cancer patients, who are in need of a hug feel better, so they began knitting shawls. Word got around, and some area citizens formed knitting clubs to create more shawls. We would like to do the same in Morristown for our 2006 Relay For Life cancer survivors. We would like your help to make these shawls. They are called ‘Healing Shawls’ and here is how they are made:

Yarn = 5 skeins ‘Red Heart’ Light & Lofty yarn or yarn of your choice
Color = your choice
Needles = 10 ½ up to 13 (your choice) (size 13 fastest!)
Stitches= cast on approx 45 to 50 stitches or as many as needed for 20” width
Dimensions = 20" x 80"
Stitch: Knit all rows so that all shawls will be uniform

This tag (message) will be attached to each healing shawl:
This healing shawl was made especially for you.
Although we did not know your name,
We know what you are experiencing.
Our hope is that this healing shawl will heal your body,
Calm your fears, and raise your spirits.
As you wrap it around you,
Imagine healing hugs from its maker.
You are not alone.
Be well.

These shawls will be presented to our cancer survivors at the Cancer Survivor Dinner at the
2006 Relay For Life of Morristown May 19-20, 2006; 6 pm - 7 am (overnight event)
Morristown High School Outdoor Track, Morristown, NJ

As far as the type of yarn that is used, please go ahead and chose another type of yarn if you feel it is more user friendly and let us know what kind you are choosing. We certainly will try it out ourselves. We do all knit stitch for uniformity so no one shawl will be better than another. We do have less talented knitters doing their best to help out and doing anything more difficult would be unfair to them.

As long as the shawl is 20ish by 80ish and is all knit - that will be fine.

Finished shawls should be mailed to:

Mr. Paul Dudek, Director Special Events
The American Cancer Society
669 Littleton Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

Thanks so much for your suggestions and your interest. We so much appreciate your thoughts.


If you have additional questions, you can email me at HealingShawls_RelayForLife@hotmail.com.

Thanks to everyone who knits!

Wed, Feb. 8th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)

I have never heard of this event and I work closeby (Somerset, NJ) -- I will definitely take a look, even if I am not sure I can make a shawl for it.

Does the event have a website or perhaps Kintera signup? Thanks!