Paying it Forward

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The second annual Head Wraps for Hope was held at the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva on Saturday, December 7. Over 85 volunteers—ages 5 through 79—gathered to make head wraps for patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

Attendees enjoyed Christmas music, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks as they helped replenish the LivingWell’s supply of this popular accessory. While older volunteers wrote notes of encouragement, younger ones drew pictures to include with the 210 wraps they made.

Event organizer Kristin Bodnar began sponsoring the event after losing her younger brother David to cancer when he was 19. Bodnar sponsored the event with her member benefits from Thrivent Financial, a nonprofit fraternal organization that gives seed money to members who put its #LiveGenerously motto into action.

“Head wraps enable patients to have something soft, comforting, and covering while they adjust to their hair loss. It gives them something beautiful that can bring back some confidence to a situation that feels out of their control. It’s my way of paying it forward to those who helped my family.”

Photos by Kristin Bodnar