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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 7500 sets to women in all 50 states, and Canada

Target demographics: Women with Cancer going through chemotherapy

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2000 Cancer Survivors

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles , LA 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

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chemocessories lifted my spirits after cancer treatment when I lost my hair. It was a big adjustment to be bald and I really needed a little something to brighten my day. When a package came in the mail with all of the special items it meant everything to me! I was able to wear the chemo cap at bedtime. It kept my head warm and I felt protected. The scarf was beautiful and the bracelet, earrings and necklace that was chosen by volunteers ministered to my heart. I will never forget their kindness in my time of need.

Barbara S.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps women through a very tough time. Brings the community together to make the sets and send them all over the country. This is all through the efforts of the founder, Iris Knell and her board of directors.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

My friend Iris Lee Knell went through chemotherapy for breast cancer the same way she has always tackled her life— she accessorized! No hair, no problem—put on a turban, add a colorful scarf, some sparkly earrings and she felt more prepared to deal with the obstacles that lay ahead. After her treatment was over, Iris decided that she wanted to reach out to other women going through this process and Chemocessories was born. In just a few years, we have sent over 7000 sets of turbans, scarves, and jewelry to women in treatment hoping to remind each one that they are not alone in this process and that taking care of yourself can be healing.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

10 Years ago I watched Iris Knell very bravely battle breast cancer. She ALWAYS showed up
for her friends and family and would carefully select the most fabulous and color coordinated scarves and matching jewelry., always looking fabulous. While on the final road of her battle she thought how cool it would be to share her talents with other women and try to make their days brighter with a custom set of adornments. Hence, Chemocessories was born and I have been a proud member of the board as we celebrate 5 years of collecting beautiful scarves, jewelry and accessories from wonderful women wanting to give back and bring happiness to others going through an awful chapter in their lives. Thanks to all those who donate, take their time to create the sets, ship them out and shlep them to the Post Office.
The notes we have received from women telling us how tough their battle has been, but
when they opened their beautiful set, how much joy they felt, says it all!!
Chemocessories is the Greatest Non-Profit ever and I am so proud to have a tiny part of an organization that supports and empowers so many woman! Cheers to 5 years and
some day soon eliminating all cancers! Robin Crevelt

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board of Chemocessories since its inception. Iris' determination to give back, after her own experience, has been an inspiration to everyone, and the Board is enthusiastically committed to supporting the vision and goals of the organization. Everything we do is done with empathy and caring, from the sets themselves, to how we conduct public events to even the online experience. It's truly gratifying to see the difference we are making during such a difficult time in people's lives.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and donating jewelry and scarves to Chemocessories since Iris started this wonderful nonprofit. It feels good to support women going through chemo, and fun to make the sets that are personalized to each recipient.

1 Rachelle K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is an amazing organization that helps women in treatment feel good about themselves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terrific organization. Iris does an amazing job helping women feel good about themselves at a difficult time.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iris turned her breast cancer into a nonprofit that very positively affects every woman with breast cancer who receives a set from Chemocessories. There is much thought and love that goes into the preparation of each set - color choices, jewelry selection/creation and fabric patterns. Each set is very personal for the recipient. Chemocessories spreads joy!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is a local non-profit that serves the entire United States. The commitment and perseverance of the founder, Iris Lee Knell, is evident in every aspect of this organization. It has been such a pleasure to be a volunteer for 3 years and counting!

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just received a gift from your organization and I cried. I received it on a day I really needed a pick me up and keep fighting outlook. Thank you so much and please continue your wonderful work and May God Bless all of you.

1 Christy L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I requested a set for my mother who is undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. It really made her day & im very thankful for the service they provided. It really has a positive impact on patients & im very grateful for this organization. I will donate when I am able to in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is such an uplifting organization- for those receiving the beautiful hand chosen sets of scarves, caps, and jewelry and for the volunteers, as well! As a volunteer, I know that our sets will provide comfort and encouragement. Knowing this brings me great joy!

Women helping women- what could be better?!!!!!!!!

1 Beantween Coffee

Donor

Rating: 5

It is amazing how Iris, the founder of Chemocessories getter her community involved in this amazing cause. Helping other women feeling better while they are battling cancer is a great way to help others and give back to your community. This organization also gives the opportunity to parents teaching their kids that is life besides their friends and devices. I trust Chemocessories leadership, they are very organized and loving people!
Lilian Alves

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I only started volunteering Chemocessories recently, but I have loved every minute of it. Iris is so passionate, personable and inspiring that she makes all of us want to do whatever we can to create the most special sets of accessories to make women going through chemo feel beautiful and loved. It becomes a very collaborative and fun experience to pick among a diverse pallet of colors and styles to come up with just the right combination of items to package and ship to recipients. The responses from those who receive these gifts warm my heart and only make me want to do more to help. I'm grateful to have a chance to contribute in a small way.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer at Chemocessories for two years and loved every minute of it. Seeing how much passion and effort Iris puts into this organization has been inspiring. Though my role was only updating the website and doing other small tasks, I clearly saw the positive impact Chemocessories has for everyone who receives a gift. In all, this is an amazing organization and I hope it continues to make people's lives better.

1 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.

1

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.

1

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

1

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.

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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

2 Vanessa G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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