Ellen Miller-Executive Director
I’m a wife, mother and grandmother. I worked as a medical technologist from 1973-84 and as an aerobic instructor from 1980 on. I became a certified personal trainer in 1990 and obtained my fitness practitioner certification in 2000. In 2003 I designed the IsoBreathing program.It was specifically for those who were morbidly over weight, those who didn’t workout on a regular basis and for cancer patients. I then wrote and produced several DVD’s, CD’s, and books, had many speaking engagements was on radio and had cable tv show. I retired from those activities in 2013, but was looking to do something else to help others and “give back”.
I was taught to knit by my mother in law 1979 and have been knitting since donating many items to the homeless. A high school acquaintance reach out on social media stating she was bringing her daughter Bekkie to Dallas for cancer treatment. After meeting Bekkie and seeing her excitement over the hats I made for her and for those children on her floor, I decided to make and donate hats for cancer patients. By myself I could only make so many hats, my goal was to teach others and have a patient while being infused make a hat and ” pass the hat” to the person sitting next to them.This is just the beginning.
Since 2011 we have grown and are now averaging 1100 hats being made a month by 200 volunteers. Hats are being delivered to over 50 locations mostly in Texas.
Danielle Dennis – Assistant Director
I met Ellen one day while she was sitting by a lake in a lounge chair knitting a hat. I knew I wanted to help when I learned these hats were made for cancer patients. A cancer survivor myself, I understand how important it is to know someone cares and how feeling beautiful doesn’t always come easy. I would’ve loved wearing one of Ellen’s warm hats when I lost all my hair during chemotherapy. A hat made with love is a beautiful thing. If I can make a difference through one hat, one person, at a time, I know this cause is worth it. After I joined the Baylor Dallas Passing Hats group, I began teaching others how to loom hats with love. I am dedicated to spreading hope and love through these hats to as many people I can. Cancer is a battle that affects everyone. I am here to give a bit of love to those who are fighting this battle. One small gesture can go a long way.
Barbara Jones- Group Development
A deep confirmation of gratefulness is what we saw in the eyes of chemo patients who were working their way through treatments. Each patient unique with a longing for comfort, that is exactly what my husband Kin and I saw as he was undergoing chemo. When we saw the baskets with hats from “Passing the Hat” we were both immediately touched by the hats and the joy on the faces of the patients wearing the hats. Kin lost his battle with cancer however he loved how the hats helped each patient while the hats were all as unique as each patient’s story.
I want to honor my husband Kin and his journey with cancer. Kin loved the hats and each individual expression of caring, love, and warmth the hats bring. I am bringing my talents of teaching, business and customer relationship building, and knowledge mentor. I am very excited to honor Kin and all patients experiencing chemo. My Heart is filled with joy and dedication to be part of the Founding Board of Directors.