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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Support

Mission: Our mission is to help women with cancer hold onto their strength and sense of themselves during treatment. We create personalized sets of accessories, including jewelry, scarves and turbans, that are designed to lift spirits and remind each woman that treatment in no way diminishes the beautiful woman within.

Results: We have donated over 5000 sets to women in all 50 states, and Canada

Target demographics: Women with Cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2200 Cancer Survivors

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles , South Bay and throughout the United States

Programs: Provides sets of scarves, turbans and jewelry to women going through Chemotherapy and hair loss.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While going through chemo treatment it was very uplifting to receive the gifts.What a great distraction and know that kind people like this organization care. Thank you so very much.

Michele Becker C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for two years and have seen how people respond to the gift sets we send. It has such a positive influence on a person going through chemo and how they feel about themselves. We get notes of appreciation about what a lift our sets gave them emotionally. Also, some people send pictures of themselves with the turban, necklace, earring and bracelet on so we can see how nice they look in our gift. The healing process responds to how you feel about yourself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is a fabulous organization, run by a fabulous woman, to help raise the spirits of women going through chemotherapy. How happy these women must feel when they open the nicely wrapped packages, containing a turban, scarf, necklace, bracelet and earrings, all matched in the colors they love! Chemocessories offers a wonderful support for women during this journey in their lives. I truly love being part of this organization as a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this wonderful organization for over a year! I make the personalized sets for the women. It’s so nice to know that I am doing a tiny part to help women feel beautiful while going through a difficult time. And when we receive notes from some of the women telling us how much their set meant, it fills my heart with joy & love. It’s a little overwhelming at times to see all the donations we receive. ( It is 100% donation based.) But it’s amazjng how many people donate to help other women feel beautiful! I am proud to be part of this amazing charity

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer for Chemocessories has helped me tremendously this past year+. The positive impact it has had on my life is significant. I'm so grateful that I met Iris and got involved. It's gratifying to see the positive impact this organization is making, on a personal level, for so many women battling cancer.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm honored to volunteer for Chemocessories. Knowing that I'm helping women battling cancer, even in a small way, fills me with satisfying purpose and I rest easier at night.....April McIlroy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a weekly volunteer for Chemocessories has been a wonderful experience. Seeing the vision of the founder,Iris, grow beyond her dreams has been an inspiration.

1 Vanessa G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for my lovely &thoughtful gift. It brighten my day!!!

1 Ileene M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer who helped put some articles together to send to a woman who needed a little lift while going thru chemo. I was surprised how each and every volunteer worked so hard at making just the right choices to complete a set that would go to someone they didn't know and would never meet. When I read the letters from the women who received these packages, I sat with tears in my eyes, knowing that I had also been a part of making someone feel better about what they were going thru. THANKS TO CHEMOCESSORIES FOR GIVING ME THIS CHANCE TO HELP OUT.

1 Joshua K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is just one of those incredible gifts to our world. As a two time cancer survivor I know all too well the difficulty of facing cancer with dignity and self-confidence... that is exactly what Chemocessories does for those facing the difficulties of the disease. By receiving a Chemocessories package, people around the world know they are not alone. I feel so fortunate to live in the in same city as Chemocessories and therefore I am able to volunteer my time and give back when I can. I can also tell you that the leadership of the nonprofit are the most caring, kind, compassionate people I have ever met. Keep up the amazing work... thank you for all that you do!

1 Caren Berger S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Nothing compares to the feeling when you read a letter from a recipient of a set from Chemocessories! In that moment, you know you have made a very personal difference in the life of a woman going through treatment and it brings joy and gratitude to your heart.

This is is I Chemoccesorize!! Kudos to Iris Lee Knell for her incredible journey!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Chemocessories for 6 years now. I have made sets, addressed envelopes, worked on the website even made jewlery. They are a great organization to work with and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to help out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is a wonderful organizations. I recieved a beautifully wrapped package with matching hat, scarf, necklace, earring and bracelet. This package put a wonderful smile on my face and gave me a boost of energy to put on some make up and face the world. These small gestures have a huge impact on the mental health of someone like who is living with cancer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that started from first hand experience and finding something that was uplifting and fun. What a gift to others when the founder decided to share her gift with others. I have seen this organization grow from a good idea to a Great Nonprofit!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

You don't always realize what an emotional toll Cancer treatment takes on you. I received such a thoughtful gift in the mail. I put the scarf on and walked into the kitchen like usual. My husband said, "Oh, you look pretty!" And for the first time since I started chemo 6 months ago, I actually felt it. Thank you to a wonderful organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is a very well-run non-profit. All the accessories (scarves, earrings, necklaces) are donated and 100% of money donated is used for postage and mailing materials. The amazing work of creating sets and mailing out is done by volunteers. More importantly, Chemocessories provides beauty and joy to women when they are at their lowest, dealing with cancer and chemotherapy. Please support this organization with your material and monetary donations!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sometimes you gave to help a friend in a different way. When I find out a woman I know has cancer. I direct them to this charity become the items they send out are funny, special and useful. It's no fun being sick but it's fun to get a great fun filled package.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the items they are greatly appreciated during my chemo treatment! Organizations like this really help to lighten the load during this trying time!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never written a review before, but I will make an exception because I see the good that Chemocessories has done.

Nearly four years ago, I lost my dear wife after a long bout with cancer and other illnesses. When the cancer was first discovered, she was given chemo with nearly disastrous results. Thankfully, she came home. Of course, she still had a bald head and was fearful for her health and future.

Seeing this situation, Iris from Chemocessories handmade and gave her a headcovering, as well as some earrings. This wonderful gesture lifted her spirits and helped her get through that tough time.

It turned out that my wife was the first recipricant of Chemocessories's charitable service to those afflicted with cancer.

I can not thank Chemocessories enough for their kindness and support to those afflicted. I am a huge fan and supporter.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

What a wonderful package to have received!! When you don't have your hair it sure help to accessorize and "spiff" up a bit. Thank you so much!!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with a recurrence of triple negative breast cancer, I knew that I would lose my hair once again. While I still have my wig from the first time, it is not very comfortable. I decided to use scarves as head coverings, but I was at a loss on what to put with them. I came across Chemocessories on the web and saw that they offered not only a free scarf, but also matching earrings and bangle bracelets for free! The things they sent me are beautiful, but even better was the care and love put into assembling the package. I felt special at a time when I was physically and emotionally feeling pretty low. The coordinating jewelry gives the scarf feel like a fashionable choice instead of a frumpy head covering. Thank you, Chemocessories!