"Kendall, what are you most afraid of about having a bone marrow transplant?"

..."Losing my hair."

For Kendall, losing her hair was more than a physical loss. It meant losing a part of her identity. Hair is perhaps our most  defining physical feature. When asked to describe someone, one of the first characteristics mentioned is their hair. What color is it? Is it straight, curly, wavy, long, or short?

Not long before her transplant, Kendall learned to knit and, knowing that the loss of her hair was inevitable, she knit hats for herself. She loved the colors, softness, and creativity in the hats that she knitted and that others knitted for her.

Our sister, Kendall Atkinson, tragically died on March 14, 2004 at the age of 20, following a bone marrow transplant for Fanconi anemia.

Our goal is to raise money to fight Fanconi anemia, the disease that took Kendall's life, and to provide special hats for kids and adults who have lost their hair from medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. In addition, knowing Kendall's heart for the poor, appropriate hats will be donated to the homeless and those in transitional housing.

How you can help:

1. Make a tax deductible donation to the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (FARF)/Kaps for Kendall project through the donate link on our website.  For every $25.00 you donate, a hat will be given to a person in need.

2. Donate a hat.  Knit, crochet and fabric hats are all welcome.

We thank you for visiting the site and appreciate your help and support.

2008 Stitch N' Pitch



Kaps for Kendall is the winner of the Denver Post 2007 YourHub.com Community Giving Program.  A $1,000 award was received, which means 40 more hats donated.  Thank you to everyone who voted for our project!




For now, 2015 will be the final year for our annual letter campaign. Click here to read more.

YOU are making a difference!!!

Emily wearing a

Kaps for Kendall hat

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Knitters in Action

Helping Hands

A big thank you to these two great kids who held a bake sale and raised enough money to sponsor a hat

Megan and Jason Peppin



A special thank you to Rick Hillbrand at Cottrell Printing in Centennial, Colorado.  We appreciate all his help in making Kaps for Kendall a success.


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