Fancy Caps for Cancer Patients

$3,200 of $10k goal

Raised by 42 people in 17 months
My name is Liz Luque, creator of Fancy Caps.  In 2004, at the age of 17, I was diagnosed with  ALL T-Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Lymphoma, which both paralyzed me and left me in the hospital for a year and 8 months....  Might not seem like a long time, but to me it felt like a lifetime. Going through chemotherapy 24hrs a day, every single day, and radiation every other day, to try and make my bones grow back felt unreal. I was told that I had a 20% chance of survival and a 1% chance of being able to walk or live a normal life again. Even though the odds were strongly not in my favor, I chose faith above everything.  

There’s something very sacred about hair. It’s a big part of ones identity. The thought of losing my hair wasn’t an initial threat to me. However; after chemotherapy, my hair started falling out and then I was told to shave it all off. Once it was all the way gone, it was then that I realized how important my hair was to me. When I would look at myself in the mirror, being bald was a constant reminder that cancer was in fact my reality.

I felt powerless and insecure so I always wore beanies because I didn’t want to share my vulnerability with friends and family who came to visit me in the hospital. I felt more secure wearing a beanie, because I felt like I could hide my weakness, which was my illness.  Being in Los Angeles, wearing beanies in the summer was extremely uncomfortable, but personally I would rather be hot than to disclose my baldness.

Now, after 10 years of being in remission, I still carry those memories with me. These memories combined with both my passion to help those who follow in my footsteps and being a swimwear designer, fueled me to create Fancy Caps!  As a swimwear designer, I am exposed to light weight and breathable materials. I was reminded of all of my uncomfortable days in the hospital and thought about how nice it would have been to have something fresh and comfortable to wear. This inspired me to create Fancy Caps.

 My goal is to alleviate some of the turmoil that comes with losing your hair and going though cancer treatment...To provide something comfortable and fashionable that can be worn by cancer patients. I hope to share my story of survival and inspire others to believe that nothing is impossible, to never give up and most importantly to keep swimming!!

My goal is to raise enough money to create hundreds of Fancy Caps to pass out to Cancer Hospitals.  Every penny donated will go straight to the production of the caps that will be given out to the patients by me and my friend Stephanie who is battling cancer, and other cancer survivors.  

Thank you for opening your hearts and donating to a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  

With Love,
Liz
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Posted by Liz Luque
11 months ago
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The feeling of gifting hope it's so amazing, they inspire me more than I inspire them I can assure you! They remind me of how strong I was to fight the way I did against #cancer. Its s reminder that no matter how hard life gets I'm not a quitter. Glad I can make someone's day with my story, a smile and a cap ;) #fancycaps
Ready to gift hope through my story!
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Posted by Liz Luque
14 months ago
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Did my first set of donations can't wait for my next thanks for all of your help!!! #giftinghope
At the Children's Hospital, Hollywood
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Posted by Liz Luque
15 months ago
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Working on my first set of donations for this month! Thanks to everyone that's donated so far hope we get closer to our goal, so that I can donate to a lot more hospitals throughout the holidays!!
One of the few pictures I have from when I was bald. It was a couple of days after I beat it was happy to be home celebrating my niece's bday with my family!
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Posted by Liz Luque
15 months ago
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The fashion show to raise money was a total success!! Thanks to all the models, volunteers and to everyone that attended and donated by purchasing a ticket
The collection! 15 Shades of Pink
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$3,200 of $10k goal

Raised by 42 people in 17 months
Created September 13, 2015
NG
$25
Nurit Gazit
4 months ago

All the power to you Liz! You are an inspiration

SY
$25
Sean Young
5 months ago
$25
Mark Ramdarass
7 months ago
FK
$100
Fazia Khan
10 months ago
CB
$300
Cecil Brown
11 months ago
VB
$500
Valerie B
14 months ago

Love you amiga! (Lola & Lulu do too

MS
$100
Marteese Smith
14 months ago
CP
$25
Courtney Palmer
14 months ago
RA
$105
Ruben Alvarez
14 months ago

Continue doing great things.

JL
$25
Janette Landeta
15 months ago

Wishing your campaign the best. I love you do this and I know it's not much but if I can help to support this cause let me know

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