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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 8500 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

57 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.

Tyler J.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Iris, my best friend's mom, began this nonprofit after enduring chemo and conquering cancer, and knowing just what a toll it can take. As someone who always loved accessorizing and hated the itchy feeling of wigs, Iris worked on developing the elements that would comprise Chemocessories sets before she even began the organization. Knowing what a difference these items made for herself, she understood the transformational power they could have and wanted to share that with other women fighting their way through chemo as well. I have proudly been helping her make sets since they were put together in her house and brought to local cancer support groups. When we began taking requests to ship out sets, Iris would use her own money to purchase supplies when we didn't have enough scarves or turbans (often) because this is a 100% volunteer-run operation. It has been wonderful to see Chemocessories out-grow her eldest daughter's bedroom and then a tiny office space. One of the highlights of volunteering for this nonprofit is reading through the lovely messages sent in with requests from incredibly fierce women going through chemo or the people around them who cherish them so deeply. I am proud and honored to be a part of Chemocessories, and to touch people's lives in a positive way when they need it most.

3 Tamara K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is my moms non-profit; she is a survivor of breast cancer and went through treatment when I was thirteen. Watching her not only beat cancer but form an amazing and thoughtful organization was and is truly inspiring. I remember when she took over my sisters old room to organize sets so women could feel empowered and beautiful again. Then Chemocessories began to grow and she was able to get an office space and volunteers to help with the increasing demand of sets. My mom is a selfless, loving, and passionate woman who has created a wonderful non-profit that brings smiles into peoples lives everyday.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chemocessories helped me feel good about me again! Going through chemo is never easy and often I didn't want to get out of bed. Receiving a beautiful, unsolicited gift of jewelry and a matching scarf beautifully wrapped changed my attitude and emotional health. They are a lifesaver!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing Non profit. They have helped so many people feel better going through such difficult times feeling beautiful and hopeful!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While going thru chemo I lost alot of confidence. Felt unattractive. Then I found this site and thought I would give it try since so many women were praising it. Yesterday I got my package and it was beautiful. I cried because for someone to think of me as beautiful and give me this wonderful gift, touched my heart. Words cannot express how grateful I am. Thank you so much.
Gequetta M.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The founder started out with a seed of an idea as she underwent her own battle with cancer, and as soon as she was back on her feet, she started this much needed nonprofit. Anyone who has been through treatments that affect our outside along with our inside knows how self-esteem can be whittled away each time we look in the mirror, and the founder has worked tirelessly, investing her own resources and time building the organization into the top notch one it is today. All donations are lovingly sifted through, cleaned and carefully chosen to create beautifully styled sets that are mailed all over the country. These gifts promote healing by boosting spirits and bringing joy to the wearers, and this is why Chemocessories is at the top of my list of terrific charities that give so much to those they serve.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this amazing charity that sends new and gently used scarves, turbans and coordinating jewelry to women going through chemotherapy to help keep their spirits lifted!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sent several Chemocessories kits to friends who are battling cancer. Everyone who I know who has received a set of jewelry has been very pleased and honored to receive a set. They say that it is very uplifting and deeply appreciated. Such a great organization!!

1 Denise H.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received my surprise box loaded with goodies. Brightened my day.....DAYS.Made me feel special. THANK YOU.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chemocessories was recommended to me by a cancer support group. There is nothing like having a package of love delivered to you during a time of need. I cannot thank them enough for putting a big smile of my face. Not to mention I got so many compliments for new accessories. Can’t wait to give back.

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

1

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!!!

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!

2 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.

1

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.

1

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.

2

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!

2

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.

3

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and these ladies really brightened my day when I received a lovely wrapped package with soft, pretty, and very very useful accessories for my new, hairless look. They obviously put a lot of thought into how I could coordinate all of the items to go together in different ways. Thanks so much everyone!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The woman who created this non-profit, Iris Knell, is truly an inspiration. She is not only a survivor but a role model. She does not get paid to run chemocessories, she does it by the goodness of her heart. She truly wants to help others feel good through their treatment and i could not commend her more for that. I wish more people were like her and would dedicate their own time to create something this special all for the benefit of others. I absolutely love her idea and her vision. Thank you Iris, for making a difference in so many of our lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Please support this organization and spread the word! The gift package they sent was over the top. It came during my sister's first week of chemo treatment and she loved it. The personalized products - hat, jewelry, scarf, and note from donor were all items tailored for my sister. Chemoaccessories' commitment to making a patient feel loved and supported during this journey is so important to recovery and mental well being. My sister has been very depressed and this helped her know she isn't alone! THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Received a very prettily wrapped gift . I opened it to find an absolutely beautiful accessory collection. Going thru chemo can take its toll physically and mentally. Receiving It really brightened up my day :) Thank you!!!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Made me feel better after a chaotic day where everything was a frustrating obstacle. It made me see that there are good people out there. I will pay it forward by giving a donation.

3 Melissa299

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am 32, have an infant, and going through aggressive chemotherapy after a double mastectomy for breast cancer. I found out about Chemocessories, told them my story and they sent the most THOUGHTFUL and UPLIFTING package. I told them my favorite colors and they went out of their way to put something together that was super special. It absolutely lifted my spirits, especially at a time when financial resources have to go to medical bills and certainly not treating ourselves to anything like Chemocessories put together. Everything down to the packaging was special and I know this organization warms many hearts through their work.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a gift. I received a beautiful package in the mail at a time when I needed it most. Not because I lost all my hair again but because I was in a bad spot mentally which happens as you travel through the process of cancer.

I opened the package and just sat and cried in thanksgiving for the gift of caring. No hair, tears streaming down my face I put on the hat, scarf, and jewelry and moved on with my day.

It was one of the kindest gifts and I thank all those who took part in making my day so happy.

Mary Pinto

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

When I was surprising diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, I resolved that a great attitude, together with the support of family and friends would get me through a tough time. I planned to stay as "normal" as possible, attending concerts and plays with my husband, retaining my daily workouts, and keeping our lives in order. When I received a Chemocessories gift package from my family, I was thrilled since this made my plan even easier! The pretty assortment of turbans, scarves and jewelry in my favorite blue hues (great with jeans), would assure self-confidence if cancer treatments resulted in hair loss or other unwelcome side effects. It's so important to remain positive and to feel beautiful inside and out, not only throughout our daily lives, but especially during trying times. Thanks to Chemocessories, I was able to accomplish my goals, and my positive attitude enhanced the benefits of the cancer treatments. As of this date, I am happy to say I remain in remission.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chemocessories is great! Iris made her first set for my mom when she was going through chemo for stomach cancer, and made beautiful sets for my sister-in-law when she was undergoing chemo for throat cancer. I recently donated all of my mom's turbans and caps and was happy to help Iris create new sets from some of them! Chemocessories is really changing women's lives for the better during difficult times! - Michelle

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great service, help, encouragement and pretty accessories for women undergoing chemo.
They kindly sent a well thought out parcel containing a suite of coordinated hats, scarf, costume jewellery and messages of hope to my sister. The uplift in her spirit was visible and immediate. She definitely benefited from an increase in her sense of her own beauty and confidence. It was a priceless gift, just to be reminded that chemo has not diminished her beauty and femininity.
The website has an easy to use requests from and they, not only happy to take a request from a far!away sister, wrote the card with my message. It was very personal and thoughtful. They have my enduring gratitude for all their love and encouragement.