Third Annual “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” Event to Collect Hats and Scarves for Oncology Patients

PUTNAM, CONN. – Heidi Blackmar, a ten-year Day Kimball Healthcare employee and cancer survivor, is hosting the third annual “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Day Kimball Hospital’s RHF conference rooms. The goal of the event is to collect new hats and scarves to be given to patients of Day Kimball Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Department. Tea, snacks and fun will be served. The event is open to the public and those who bring a new hat or scarf will be entered into a raffle to win prizes donated by Day Kimball employees.

“This is a special event and a wonderful way to support those in our community who are going through difficult times,” said Pat Hedenberg, Day Kimball Healthcare event and appeals manager. “Everyone, from children to adults can support the event by donating a new ball cap, fashion hat, or anything in between, for both men and women.”

Blackmar is a breast cancer survivor and found great comfort in wearing hats and scarves when she began to lose her hair. The inspiration for this hat and scarf collection party happened when Blackmar’s hair began falling out after her chemotherapy treatments. For her role in creating this event, Blackmar said, “I thought this was a small thing to do, although the effects would be far reaching for the women of Northeast Connecticut. I wanted to give women the strength from within, to find life within their cancer and help to give them the inspiration to go on.” Blackmar found the strength to go on with the support of her family and by taking charge of her hair loss.

“When I began to lose my hair I asked my husband to shave my head,” said Blackmar. “After he did, I laughed at my reflection in the mirror and decided that I needed to make a fashion statement. I began wearing hats and scarves and felt good about the way I looked. I hope that by offering these accessories to other women going through cancer treatment, they will feel good about the way they look, too.”

In support of the “Look Good…Feel Better®” program, Blackmar hopes to inspire women by providing them with the means to enhance their self-esteem while undergoing treatment and beyond. Look Good… Feel Better is a free, non-medical, brand-neutral, national public service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence.

If you would like to donate new hats or scarves but cannot make the event, collections will continue through the month of April at the Day Kimball Hospital switchboard. Monetary donations to be used for the purchase of new hats and scarves are also accepted. Please call (860) 928-7141 for more information.