How It Works

Hope Scarves collects scarves and stories from people who face cancer and then sends them on to others in treatment.   Whether you are a patient, survivor or know someone with cancer Hope Scarves can be a resource.


how it works - patientIf you are currently in treatment, you can request a Hope Scarf at no cost.  Each scarf comes wrapped in a happy package with a scarf, story, scarf-tying instructions and information about Hope Scarves.  We hope each time you wear your scarf or hold it in your hands you feel the love and support of all those involved in our mission.  When you are ready we hope you will send your scarf back to Hope Scarves (along with any other scarves you collect) and add your story.  Then, this Hope Scarf will continue on to someone else facing cancer.  Some of our scarves already carry four stories.

Request a Scarf for Yourself

Know someone in treatment

how it works - loved oneSending a Hope Scarf to a loved one in treatment is a meaningful and practical way to show support. We created the Gift Scarf Program as a way to send Hope Scarves to loved ones with a personal message of encouragement. As a nonprofit organization we rely on donations to fulfill our mission and hope you will make a donation (no matter how big or small) in honor of your recipient when you place a request.

Send a Hope Scarf to someone you care about.


how it works - survivorWe believe you are a survivor from the time you are diagnosed.  Survivor involvement is the heart of Hope Scarves.  Below are 4 ways you can get involved.

1. Share your story

Whether newly diagnosed, in treatment, living with metastatic disease or living years beyond, we all have a story to tell. Our stories help us find common ground and bring us strength. Sharing your story with Hope Scarves is a meaningful way to live life over cancer. We created the story donation form to make the process easy and less intimidating. You can share your story with this simple questionnaire or however you wish. Some stories are essays, others are pictures, poems or simply a note of encouragement.  Your story is yours to tell!   If you have scarves you can send them in with your story. If not, your story will be paired with a community scarf and begin its journey as a Hope Scarf.  We don’t share your personal information, just your first name.

2. Donate scarves

Some survivors may not feel comfortable sharing their story, or just aren’t ready. Do not let that keep you from donating your headcovers.

3. Spread the word

As a survivor we’d love your help spreading the word about Hope Scarves by sharing brochures and information in your community. Request a promo kit that contains brochures and information on hosting a scarf drive.

4. Become an ambassador

Our Ambassador Program is like a little army of hope sharing our program around the world. We will get you started with material and  answer questions as you share our program in your community.

Community Supporter

Hope Scarves accepts scarf donations from people who do not have cancer. Organizations such as schools, churches, book groups and more hold scarf drives to help enhance our Hope Scarf Collection. These community scarves are paired with a survivor story and then start their journey as a Hope Scarf. Learn how to host a scarf & story drive.

Another way to support Hope Scarves is to volunteer during our daytime volunteer times, Tuesday – Thursday 10am-noon, or monthly evening volunteer nights.

In addition to our on-going scarf collection and distribution Hope Scarves hosts community writing, scarf-making and scarf-tying workshops to support cancer patients and survivors. Currently these workshops are only offered in Louisville, KY. Nationally, we have a partnership program where Hope Scarves are available for patients at the point of treatment. There are 19 partnership programs (and counting) in Michigan, Kentucky, Texas, Wisconsin, New York, Alabama and beyond. Learn how to bring Hope Scarves to your hospital or cancer support community.