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Causes: Health, Health Support, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The mission of Ears To You is to lift the spirits of cancer patients by providing a moment of joy and hope.

Results: We provide these smile-inducing moments by donating beautiful earrings, hats, headscarves and books to cancer patients of all ages, with any type of cancer. We have donated over 23,000 pairs of earrings, as well over 1,000 headscarves and hundreds of hats and books. Our program supports the efforts of hospitals to meet the social/emotional needs of patients and is a great addition to patient experience initiatives.

Target demographics: women, men, boys and girls with any type of cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 3,500 cancer patients by donating earrings, hats, headscarves and books to cancer patients at our partner hospitals as well as to individual patients.

Geographic areas served: the US

Programs: Earring, hat, headscarf and book donations to lift the spirits of cancer patients by providing a moment of joy and hope

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ears to you donates scarves, hats and earrings to our Oncology patients. Our patients love to look through the scarves and earrings during there chemotherapy treatments. They are so appreciative of receiving these beautiful, already tied, scarves and earrings as a comfort during this very difficult time in their lives. The smile I have seen on so many faces and the comfort these gifts bring are amazing. We have so much fun with the scarves and earrings in our infusion center and it is so great to have such a wonderful organization donate these gifts to our patients.

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Ruth53 Thank you so much Julie for your kind words! It's so great to hear how the patients enjoy choosing their items while they are being treated! Love to hear about the smiles! We appreciate the partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital!

1 Amy McCue D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that goes above and beyond to serve those going through cancer whether it’s a word of encouragement, smile or hug the goal is to lift others UP! We ALL need each other, in good as well as challenging times. We are grateful we’ve been able to give in order to stand in the gap letting warriors know they’re not alone ❤️⚔️ Mark 12:31 Love your neighbor as you love yourself

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of hard work and energy Ruth has put into Ears To You is incomparable. Everyday she strives towards bringing cancer patients a moment of joy and hope through giving of earrings, hats, and headscarves. Being a cancer survivor herself, Ruth knows the challenges of battling cancer and how any moment of joy can lift your spirit and give you hope.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am the Director for Ears To You and have been on the board since the inception of this amazing non profit. I have the honor at some of our hospital fundraisers to gift the earrings directly to the patients and see the joy and hope in their eyes. It is truly something small that makes a big impact on a patient at time of treatment. Ruth Crane , Ears To You Founder is a survivor herself so when the patients hear her survivor story they have something to hope for and relate too. I am honored to be part of Ears To You and know that we will continue to touch peoples lives during their cancer journey for many more years to come.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Ears To You is an amazing non profit because if brings hope and joy by giving beautiful earrings to women and teens undergoing chemotherapy. It was started in 2008 by a breast cancer survivor who just wants to give back to others undergoing a similar struggle. It has grown from one participating hospital to 23 by the work of two women who are dedicated to the cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Founded by an awesome women who strives to better cancer patients lives!! Can't say enough good things about this non-profit!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our patients have loved the hats and earrings donated by Ears to You. These have really made a difference in bringing joy to patients as they start chemotherapy and adjust to the physical changes that this brings.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ears to You does an amazing job of supporting and helping those battling cancer! Ruth Crane’s nonprofit is inspiring and a vital part of recovery for those who depend on her! It provides patients an opportunity to feel amazing about themselves while conquering this mountain.

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Ruth53 09/03/2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful words and for your support! It means so much to us and allows us in turn to support cancer patients!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to have had the opportunity to support Ruth and Ears To You for several years. Ears to You fulfills its mission by supporting cancer patients through their individual and unique journeys. Ruth and her dedicated team perform a much needed service during patient treatment, and they do it with class and respect.

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Ruth53 09/03/2019

Thanks Travis for the kind words and for the support of TGC Engineering! It is through the amazing and generous support of businesses like TGC Engineering that help us lift the spirits of cancer patients!

2 Rene B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Ruth Crane and her non-profit since its inception. I can truly tell you not only is she inspiring but what she does helps cancer patients feel better about themselves. When a newly diagnosed cancer patient gets a pair of earrings or a special scarf, they feel special that someone understands what they are going through and cares enough to provide these items at no charge. It is an honor to be able to provide these resources to our patients and is one of the most worthwhile non-profits that I have ever seen.

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Ruth53 09/03/2019

Rene, thank you so much for your kind words! You have been such a champion for cancer patients and have assisted us since the beginning. What a blessing you are for patients, and we are so glad that the Ears To You donations help patients feel cared for and thought of at such a tough time. God bless!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ears to you has brought so much joy to our patients here at Cooper Pavilion. It is challenging to undergo cancer itself, but with hair loss and not feeling "quite yourself", it is a blessing to be able to provide a beautiful scarf or hat and earrings to brighten the day. Ears to you also helps us with our Holiday celebration, Simply You. It is a free make up program for patients experiencing hair loss, eye brow and eye lash loss, skin tone change and nail changes. Each participant can choose a festive holiday scarf, hat and earrings. Ears to You makes a huge difference in our patients lives.

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Ruth53 09/03/2019

Sally, thank you so much for being there for cancer patients! You welcome each patient as they arrive and make them feel "at home" as best as you can, and we're glad that the Ears To You donations help with that effort. It's a pleasure to work with you and Summa!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ears To You has been an amazing organization. I am a friend of an outpatient Chemotherapy Nurse, and they brought tons of earrings to their patients! Ears to You is an outstanding organization, and they have helped so many people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love bringing hope and joy through Ears To You as a Board Member! As a cancer survivor, I wear my earrings from Ears to You daily to remind me I am a survivor!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the nonprofit Board of Directors of "Ears to You" this past summer because I believe strongly in their mission and the women behind this incredible organization. I have know the founder, Ruth Crane, for many years and have seen her successfully battle cancer. It is truly inspirational that she is willing to give so freely of her time and expertise in order to brighten the lives of other women undergoing cancer treatments.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ears to you has provided the patients with cancer that I care for a reason to smile and feel pretty. It is so devastating for women to lose their hair, have their body image altered and feel they are no longer themselves. ears to you gives us the opportunity to provide them with their choice of a pair of earrings. It brings a smile to their face, lifts their spirits and gives them a special touch of femininity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have the privilege of seeing Ears to You make a difference in the lives of women battling cancer. This non profit provides earrings to women who have been diagnosed with cancer. It seems like such a simple concept, but the hope and joy this pair of earrings provides to women is truly amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has been a Godsend to my patients. Just to see their faces light up when given such a simple gift as a pair of earrings is priceless. The most impactful time is when the ladies hair falls out from the chemotheraphy. It gives them a much needed boost to their self esteem. I do not have all the words to express how grateful I am to be a part of such an oustanding organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have personally seen Ears to You make a difference in a friend's life. The simple donation of giving a patient the opportunity to choose a pair of earrings out of a beautiful collection while undergoing her chemotherapy treatment absolutely made her feel like a queen. The earrings helped to remind her that although she was losing her hair, becoming ruddy with her complexion, watching her face swell up from the support drugs, and surviving the physical care throughout her mastectomy procedure, she could take a small item and feel beautiful again. She was fascinated by the smiles brought to the faces of those women experiencing the same anguish through their fight against cancer which brought a sense of hope and peace to her as well, almost as if they were in their own little club, joined by Ears to You. Thank you Ears to You for having the wholistic sense to heal those often forgotten feelings through a woman's battle with cancer.

2 Ruth34

Donor

Rating: 5

Ruth Crane,the founder and a cancer survivor herself,is my niece, and I cannot express how proud of her I am.
She saw through her own pain and thought of others and started this amazing nonprofit movement to help others.
Blessings come in many ways and Ruth has truly been a blessing to a lot of people.
Please support her cause even in a small way and say a little prayer along the way to all people with cancer that they will live a long and blessed life without cancer

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Every day I work with women with breast cancer who undergo chemotherapy. Most will lose their hair in addition to other changes and the earrings offer hope and send a positive message to those just starting this journey. When these women know this program was started by a survivor it is more meaningful. The program brings a smile and is a wonderful. I feel blessed that I can offer such a wonderful gift.

2 Shari2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ears To You has been a genuine blessing to my patients. I am an outpatient Chemotherapy Nurse. ETY brought us 96 pairs of earrings to offer to our female patients whenever they need a pick-me-up (especially as their hair is lost due to chemotherapy). We have offered the earrings for far more than that...we celebrate Anniversaries and Birthdays with a gift of earrings...as well as offered them to wives of male patients stuck in our unit on Valentine's day "to help them shop" ;-) We even added a pair to the ears of a Triumphant Teddy Bear (given to patients upon graduating from chemo, dressed to fit their personality...the earrings another gift for the survivor). The smiles are priceless, the relief on the males' faces in that they were able to give their caregiving wives a Valentine gift, irreplaceable. Ears To You blesses me in that I feel I have a positive gift to offer amidst their battle. Thank you, and God Bless you, Ears to You! We so appreciate you...and all those who support your efforts!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I would like to take this opportunity to say what a Fantastic program Ruth has created. Ruth began a journey and created a positive outcome that touches so many. I can’t begin to express how happy the patient's are that receive these wonderful gifts from Ears To You. The patients appreciate that someone who has been down the same path understands how the smallest of details really affects you in ways that you never considered.
So Ears To You Ruth!!
Great Program and Thank You for your part in making so many patients journey a better one!

Michele

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ears To You is a wonderful organization and a brilliant concept where a woman can buy great quality earrings for a low price and the money that is spent helps to fund earrings that are given to women free during chemotherapy for any type of cancer.

A great concept where you can wear a pair and give a pair. It is a creative way in helping to lift the spirits of women during chemo and ease their anxiety.

Another great option is anyone can donate earrings to Ears To You, so if you don't want to purchase a pair of earrings or provide a monetary donation and are creative yourself, you can make a pair(s) which is an innovative way to give back!

Great organization, should be a part of all cancer units at hospitals across the country!!