In 2011 Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of fear, Kim held on to her faith that even in the worst case scenario she would be going to a better place; but the thought of losing her hair was extremely hard on her. When Kim started losing her hair there wasn't many affordable options in terms of wigs and caps, and that's when Kim's friend, Kathy Braidich came in.
Kathy had seen patterns for turbans online and gave it a go to help her friend. Kim loved how comfortable it was and Kathy itched to make more. This got Kathy thinking that there must be more women in the area going through the same thing who might also want or need turbans.
She soon shared her idea with her fellow Ladies Knights of Columbus Assembly No. 0830 and they quickly started turning out more and more turbans. Thus The Turban Project began in Ohio and has turned out over 2,000 turbans since June of 2012. Kim, and her husband Eric, are both cancer survivors and work tirelessly raising money for support of cancer patients and to find a cure.
The Turban Project
A card is placed with each turban indentifying the names of those who have
made them and that they are blessed by a priest. Priests from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St.
Leonard, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel bless the turbans and then they are distributed to the oncology/radiation
centers in Licking County. The turbans are free to the patients. We have also mailed turbans, per request, to patients
in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Maine. We have made home visits and workplace visits for the convenience
This project has been a blessing that has come to a full circle. Not only do the patients know they are loved
and being prayed for, the women who sew, embellish and package, the employees/medical team, and the patients
have all felt the love and healing of God's presence in this ministry. "Joyous" was a beautiful word that a receptionist
at one of the offices said describes how people react when either wearing or knowing that someone cares enough to
do this for them. It also lifts the spirits of those who work with the patients because it is something positive for them
to share with their patients. All donations are tax deductible and a receipt can be given for tax purposes. Soft stretchy
knit material, fancy pins, buttons, small butterfly and flower pins, etc., are utilized. Some have made donations "in
memory of a loved one."
If you have leftover pieces of knit material (T-shirt type) or have extra embellishments (fancy buttons, flower pins, butterfly pins, etc.), they will be used to brighten the day of someone who is receiving chemo treatments. A store-bought turban can cost $25.00.
If you do not have the material, consider a gift card to Jo Ann Fabrics, Wal-Mart, Target, Claire's, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. You can also make a monetary donation to The Turban Project. If purchasing material, it must be a knit fabric (1-1/3 yards makes 4 turbans). All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be given for tax purposes.
Individual turbans are placed in baggies, blessed by a priest from St. Edward, St. Francis, Blessed Sacrament, St. Leonard or Our Lady of Mount Carmel and then taken to the chemotherapy sites.