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A group outside of the Patient and Family Resource Center with donations
The Hats for Hope volunteer group with hospital staff outside of The Mary Anne Long Patient and Family Resource Center in the N.C. Basnight Cancer Hospital.

Hats for Hope, a group that brings homemade hats to the North Carolina Basnight Cancer Hospital in memory of 9-year-old Charli’ Ramsey, marked their 14th year of donations to patients.

Charli’ Ramsey was treated for leukemia. She died in 2001 at the age of 9.

Charli’s mom, Elizabeth Stewart, organizes the annual Charli’ Ramsey Hat Drive each year and brings those items to adult and pediatric patients at the hospital.

“It’s always nice to come here and give back to patients,” Stewart said.

This year, the group brought more than 3,600 items.

Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS, oncology patient navigator, helped facilitate the donations. She said that the Hats for Hope drive is unique in terms of the quantity of items donated each year. Kivette was working on the unit when Stewart’s daughter was a patient.