A CAP-ital Idea: UNC Student Donates Hat Collection to Cancer Patients
John Ramsey has a good head on his shoulders – but he only has one. That, and his aunt’s experience with cancer, led the Arden, N.C. native to donate more than 40 pieces of college-logo headgear to the Patient and Family Resource Center (PFRC) at the N.C. Cancer Hospital.
Ramsey, son of Keith and Karen Ramsey of Arden, collected the hats as a hobby throughout his school years.
He watched his aunt, Gloria Jean Ramsey West, fight colon cancer, losing her battle in November 2009. During treatment, she went through many of the common side effects, including the loss of her hair.
"That experience made me look at my collection and think that there had to be cancer patients out there who would appreciate getting a hat," he said.
According to Tina Shaban, BSN, RN, OCN, of the PFRC, his thought was right on target. "Last year we gave away more than 1500 hats and caps to patients undergoing cancer treatment,” she said.
Ramsey, who will graduate in May with a BSBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, chose the N.C. Cancer Hospital to distribute the hats because of his ties to Carolina – and many of the hats he donated sport the Carolina logo.
"I know that UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital have a lot of reach in the state and I figured that there must be some patients who share my love of UNC," he said.