Ellie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the spring of 2013. By the time she entered kindergarten, that fall, she had lost most of her hair so she was wearing hats to school everyday. The hats allowed Ellie to express her personality. Even as a baby, Ellie loved to wear hats so wearing them during her treatment wasn’t much of a change. The first year was difficult for Ellie, but she always tried to put on a brave face. Ellie finished treatment in July 2015 and is now having her blood tested every month.
The Vision: Ellie’s Hats
What started out as collecting hats for an individual child with cancer has blossomed into a cause that brings joy to thousands of kids going through cancer treatments. The hope is that by showing these brave children that others are thinking about them, it will help bring a little cheer into their day. 
Another important part of the vision is raising awareness of childhood cancer. In March of 2015, after 7 months of work, the Cure Childhood Cancer License Plates became available as one of the special interest plates in Virginia. As of January 2016 there were over 1,400 of these plates on the roads of Virginia. Other states are working towards this same goal
As Ellie’s Hats has grown we have found other ways to support the children and families battling cancer. We have donated ipads, tv’s, dvd players, gift cards, crayons and other items to locations that treat pediatric cancer patients. We were proud that, in February of 2016, with the help of our sponsors and individual donors, we were able to donate $10,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Family Support Fund.
About Ellie's Hats