September 30, 2016
Clare J. – “I received your gift bag of blessings yesterday on my first round of chemo. In a day filled with uncertainty it gave me so many smiles - each item will be treasured. Both hats look great and I have the crocheted pink angel watching over my bed. Such kindness. I am a 40 year old mom of 2 young children diagnosed with stage 2B er+ breast cancer on July 19th. . . . Thank you for including me in your kindness it meant such a lot and truly brightened my day.”
September 23, 2016
Mamie C. – “The gift bag of blessings really brought joy to my heart! Special thanks.”
September 19, 2016
Brenda - “Thank you so much for everything – the Sparkle Cap is beautiful – the gift bag was wonderful – I loved all of it. And the letters were such an inspiration – They were so uplifting. Even on down days I would pull them out and read them again.” With Love and Prayers for you and your ministry.” (portions of card)
August 17, 2016
Risa C. - "Thank you so much for the bagful of goodies. It was unbelievable that someone would just give you such things. I was overwhelmed when I got home and saw everything that was in that gift bag. God will surely bless you for this awesome ministry, for the people you have shared and continue to share with so many cancer patients."
July 29, 2016
Cathy K. – “Thank you to Susan and team for the wonderful ministry to women with cancer. Yesterday I received a beautiful gift bag filled with an awesome Sparkly cap, books, notes, hand cream, dozens of encouraging notes and my own special handmade angel! Love and prayers. . . .”
July 14 2016
Mary – Portions of a thank you: “I received your package and I greatly thank you for all the gifts inside and words of encouragement. I’m so touched that you took the time to do all this for a complete stranger.”
June 20, 2016
Rebecca – (Portions of a thank you note) - “I got one of your gift bags. Thank U very very much. It came right on time. God bless. Keep up the good work. It’s a blessing when U R going through something like this.”
June 14, 2016
Valerie - "Thank you for the Gift Bag! it is truly overwhelming and a
blessing for my family member. May God bless you as you did us."
June 2, 2016
Kim B. - "Thank you so much for the gift bag! It meant so much to me. Thank you again for your kindness & generosity. It will make this road a little easier to travel."
May 22, 2016
Donna S. – “Thank you for the wonderful bag of goodies, notes, books and hats. Most importantly, thank you for obedience to God and your sensitivity to others who may not share our relationship with God. Yours is a very special ministry and one that is very much appreciated by me! I have enclosed a small donation but one I’m sure God will greatly multiply. I have 3 more Rx’s [treatments] left, so I greatly look forward to your words of encouragement in your notes that you have enclosed. Thank you again! God bless you!”
May 20, 2016
Malanie Wilson - "Today [May 19th] was my first chemo treatment and I received my sparkle caps gift bag. It touched me deeply. Thanks for all you do. You efforts are a huge blessing. May God continue to bless your ministry."
February / May 2016
Linda M. - “Dear Susan, I wanted to write to you, to let you know how much I love my Sparkle Caps and my goodie bag I received Jan. 28 @ SCOA. I was glad to meet you & you do inspiring things and I’m so very thankful. I’ve had wonderful things happen since my diagnosis last May. It has been rough, but I’m hanging in there. Also thank you for my book & the letters of encouragement. God bless you. He certainly has blessed me.”
April 17, 2016
Judy J. - "I've really enjoyed the gift bag. I wear my Sparkle Cap to chemo. You knew exactly what someone with cancer needs since you have been there yourself." "Everything was nice and heart warming. I go to _________ Church. I have good prayer support. I know God is blessing you in this wonderful ministry. As I look around chemo I see so many that wear your hats. Thanks so much. Your notes mean so much. This gift bag has really blessed me. Thanks so much."
April 16, 2016
Diane M. - “To the Ladies at the Sparkle Caps Project. When I got my bag in 2014, I really did love it and it helped me so much during this time.” “I want to send a little donation for the project. Love y’all women. Forever grateful!!!"
March 18, 2016
Sandy Taylor – “I really appreciate all the support I have received from my family, friends, the staff at the oncology center, and all the personnel associated with Palmetto Health. The Sparkle Cap package I received today was great and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks to everyone for making a scary situation much easier to deal with.”
February 7, 2016
Emmy - "Thank you for 'The Sparkle Caps.' I have received so many compliments about the hats. Also, thank you for the gift bag of items. So much planning and thoughts were put into the making of this bag. Your ministry has certainly touched a lot of lives making each of us feel special during this difficult journey. Thank you for all you do."
November 12, 2015
Dusty F. (Joyce Herman’s Daughter) – “Thank you to the Sparkle Caps project. Words cannot express my gratitude for giving my mother your beautiful bag full of love and inspiration!! You all have no idea how this is helping her to fight on !!!!”
Joyce Herman – (Facebook Post) “My primary cancer was 1/9/12 and I was shocked after 3 yrs of remission to have stage 4 tumors to fight again. I have a strong faith in Jesus our Lord, but on 11/10/2015 I was down in a bad place knowing that the chemo was lasting longer than I anticipated. I have been blessed with a great family and friend support system and know from my previous experience that there are good days and bad days. For some weird reason that all fled from me and I had been crying for 2 days!!! When I received your beautiful bag of love, encouragement, it was like an angel of The Lord flew by and dropped it exactly where it was meant to be !!! Thank you soooo much! May God richly bless you for what you do for others!!!"
October 18, 2015
Mary Ann - “I’m fighting ovarian cancer for 8 years. Thank you for the beautiful package you sent me. I love the hats. I’ll keep you in my prayers.” Together with her thank you note, Mary Ann referred two friends for Sparkle Caps gift bags.
September 23, 2015
Laura Shaver - "So we got the best package today! The Sparkle Caps project sent us (my son included) so many wonderful things in their care package! Trying hard to recover from an infection after last weeks chemo, this was the best!!! The smile on Will's face is priceless! Thank you Susan Heimbigner & to your organization!"
September 9, 2015
Carole C. - "I love the gift bag of goodies I received from you. The hats are beautiful, I love them. I show them to everyone to encourage them to contribute to your site. It is encouraging to see so many people help you. Thank you soooo much."
September 3, 2015
Zee S. – Second thank you received from Zee - “What a wonderful and beautiful surprise I received from you. You encouraged and comforted me with all your letters and the gifts were unending, as one by one another gift came out of the bag. It felt like a Christmas morning when I was a child with the anticipation of seeing the next gift.” “I know it is only because of strength from God that brings the gladness of each new day. It is not an easy journey but I am so thankful that God is holding my hand and leading me through it all.” “Thank you again for all your prayers and thoughtfulness.”
August 18, 2015
Dianne L. – “Starting chemo is a very difficult day. Your gift bag was a wonderful and uplifting surprise. Useful in many ways. I love my 'hat'. It is so cool and will wear it with a big smile. God also continues to surprise me every day with [an] abundance of love. I've only been saved a few years, boy has 'He' blessed me. Thank you for all you do for people like me. God bless. Your new friend."
August 15, 2015
Edna S. - "Thank you so much for the gift bag full of beautiful & useful gifts! We are ‘old,’ so aren't on internet or facebook, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the gift bag."
August 11, 2015
Zee Spanicek – ‘'Susan, what an absolute wonderful gift came in the mail from you!!!! I love it all. I cried some tears as I read the letters.. Yes, I am committed to God and the beauty of His way and leave it all in His hands... The same hands that brought me into this world continuous to hold me today... I do put all my trust and faith in Him.. There are certainly a lot of changes that has taken place with this journey and not what I would've chosen but I will continue to heal, if it God's plan for me.... Thank you for your uplifting gifts and letters... All is so appreciated.”
June 24, 2015
Tania R. – “I love love love my gift bag!!! Chemo starts tomorrow, I'm scared but I know I can do this!! Cancer may have taken my husband 18 years ago but it's NOT going to get me!!!"
June 10, 2015
Elizabeth B. – ". . . Thank you for the really nice goodie bag. It was full of nice tings that lifted my spirits and gave me loads of encouragement. Enclosed is a check that I would like to be used to help you help others."
May 29, 2015
Sylvia S. – “Dear Friend, This time last year I was taking chemo at SCOA. Someone from Sparkle Caps visited me and gave me a wonderful gift bag with books and a sparkle blue hat. What a lift! Your smile and caring voice helped me so much that day. I regret I am late in sending a donation. Your organization does such great things. God bless you!”
May 28, 2015
Valerie Anderson – “I am so so please with a gift from the SPARKLE CAPS PROJECT. I am so bless that a person would take the time have you these beautiful caps and others gifts i will read each books they will be a lot of help. I this is my second diagnoses for ovarian cancer in 2003 then now in 2014. But ovarian travel in my abdominal and my chest two very serious surgery. Now six months of chemo . But my God was given. This in 2003. And will hand it over to me. See when u know the before all this happen it help your soul your mind and your faith was strong before this happen. Thank you Ms. Susan Heimbigner. You are doing A wonderful thing in the Lord. AMEN.”
May 22, 2015
Christine Lorraine Frieda – “Thank you sparkle caps and Mary Brandes for my very special package today. I just love everything in it. I sure feel so loved.”
May 17, 2015
Ruby H. - “I just wanted to thank you for my wonderful goodie bag! I could not believe all of the nourishing and inspiring letters, books and treats. It means so much to me that you took the time to make me a bag. You have no idea how much it has meant to me. It is a wonderful ministry you are doing and has inspired me to do more for others as well. Please continue to remember me in your prayers and I thank you for all of the prayers you have sent already. I wish the very best and you are a blessing to me.”
April 8, 2015
Joanie Loquist - I walked into SC Oncology today to receive my treatment. Awaiting me is an amazing gift bag full of hats, books, gifts for my husband and children, inspirational and uplifting quotes and letters. I am still so humbled to be "carried" by this loving company, along with Rainbow International Restorations, during what feels like a dark time in my life. You have allowed Sparkle and Rainbows to surround me. I cannot thank you enough!! (Joanie is one of the beneficiaries of Rainbow’s 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic and Auction.)
March 25, 2015
Note from Susan “Victorious” about the following thank you: I picked up an envelope from one of the chemo nurses at SC Oncology (“SCOA”) on Wed., March 25th: The beautiful card had this personal message inside:
Shirley R. - "Thank you so much for the goody bag. I love everything in it." "It means so much to me. I am giving you a little donation to help with your work."
As God was working His plan with me that Wed., I met a cancer patient and her husband on the elevator while at SCOA. When we got off the elevator, I sat in a chair and her husband wheeled her up to me so we could talk. She is fighting cancer for the third time. I got the needed information from her in order to do a special Sparkle Caps gift bag. Because of all she was going through, I did a super duper bag with a few extras I knew would uplift and empower her and put an even bigger smile on her face that day. Her husband took her to the radiation dept., and I sat in the "lobby" making her gift bag. I know she was going through that bag on her way home. She said she knew that she was dying of cancer, but she and her husband had smiles on their faces and knew that each day was one to be lived with blessings.
So SHIRLEY R., your "small" donation was used to do the extras for a fellow cancer patient that very day! God is blessing both these women through the gift bags, and I am always blessed with the honor of doing them! Susan "Victorious"
March 12, 2015
Brenda P. - “Thank you so much for your wonderful gift bag of many treasures. Each individual gift from the handmade winter cap to the bottle of sanitizer, not to mention the weekly notes of encouragement, showed much thought and care. Please know that each one of them was greatly appreciated. Also know that I pledge that when I am able I will also help someone along his or her cancer journey. Thank you, from a fellow cancer survivor.”
March 6, 2015
Trish Brown Newman - "Received our Sparkle Caps gift bags today. Had what we believe is a good report from the MD and the inspiration in this gift made the day even better. God is GOOD! Keep praying. And thank you Sparkle Caps Project!" Note: This was a family set of Sparkle Caps gift bags for Hope Newman McFadden.
January 31, 2015
Phyllis - “Imagine my surprise when, after my third chemo on Jan. 26, I received a Christmas gift from the Sparkle Caps Project! I’ve always prayed to my Guardian Angel from childhood. The ‘Angel’ book, hand-made angel reinforced my sense of being watched over and cared for. All the gifts you sent were thoughtful and are being used and much appreciated. Thank you, again, for including me in this very special, inspiring and caring project! Love and prayers to all.”
January 27, 2015
April - “I just wanted to let you know that I got your package Monday at chemo. Gwen [chemo nurse] left Mom and I alone to look through it, because it was very moving.” “I love the hat! …I didn’t have a blingy hat; all of mine had breast cancer logos on them. It’s nice to have a fancy one to wear with anything. The knitted pastel cap is really warm and soft. The letters. . .were very moving. Mom and I read several envelopes full of letters and stories…. I should have brought a jumbo box of tissues! The inspirational material about fully relying on God really touched Mom.” “I appreciate everything that you gave me.”
January 26, 2015
Stephanie - “Thank you so much for the adorable treat filled bag I received at my first chemo treatment. It was such a beautiful surprise. It was a lovely distraction going through each item. I am always left speechless by the kindness of strangers, esp. those that have battled the beast of cancer. The gift was greatly appreciated. May God bless you and your wonderful ministry! Again. . . .many thanks!”
January 21, 2015
Eileen Rega - “I love my hat and will always keep it out to wear as I have packed all the wigs and other scarves away but thru chemo my sparkle hat made me smile and feel special." "I only wish you would know what your care packages do for those fighting cancer...to make us feel ok and that is so huge in this fight. ..when I am out and about we know when we see others with a sparkle cap on that we are in this fight together."
January 16, 2015
Carole Hart - “THANK YOU for your unbelievable kindness.........there are no words for what I rec'd from you today. no words at all... God bless your project, You have already made a difference in my life ! the POWER of PINK!”
January 2, 2015
Stephanie P. - "God bless your ministry and the lives touched (mine included) by your love, prayers and support." A check was included to sponsor a gift bag for another.
December 6, 2014
Tammy H. - “Proud to be wearing my Sparkle Cap. Thank You! My gift bag gave me inspiration. While I have had a set back and spent Thanksgiving in the hospital and home with Home Health Care. I will continue to fight.”
December 5, 2014
Stephanie P. – “Dear Susan, I received your beautiful gift bag yesterday, and wanted to say ‘thank you’! What a powerful ministry this is, and how blessed are so many women for your faithfulness to let Him work in and through you. What an inspiration and encouragement I have received reading through the first two . . . envelopes with Scripture, humor and advice. I especially love your comparing Samson's loss of hair as his weakness, and yet it is our strength! I look forward to the encouragement that others will bring while on this journey of faith. Thank you again, and God bless you and your ministry.”
November 27, 2014
Linda - "Thank you so much for the gift bag full of such useful things. Your project is awesome. I can definitely use everything in the bag." "God is good and has guided me each step of the way. I look forward to reading the books, using the hats. . . "
November 19, 2014
Rachel G. - "I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for the gift bag. I loved everything in it! The hat was my fave. I love all of the effort and love that was put into this. Thank you so much."
November 14, 2014
Courtney (26) in ME: “Thank you so much for being so awesome! Receiving my care package lifted my spirits so high & I have found a lifelong friend in Karen (who sponsored it). Here are some hats to continue your amazing project, hope it helps. PS – I’m done with treatment & doing great!” Note: There were 18 hats / caps and 1 scarf, and some of the hats have already gone out in Sparkle Caps gift bags. THANK YOU to Courtney for paying it forward.
November 1, 2014
Tammy H. – “I came home from work yesterday and I received my gift bag from The Sparkle Caps Project. It was so uplifting. I will post pic of me in my beautiful sparkle cap. [See December 6th thank you above.] Thank you so much!!
October 30, 2014
Loren Cook – “Granny just got a gift bag from The Sparkle Caps Project. She is so blessed to see such an outpouring of support from people she's never even met. Thank you so much and God Bless you for all you do!! She loves her new hat!”
October 22, 2014
Linda O. - "I received my amazing Sparkle Caps gifts during my second chemo session - what a joy and inspiration. I am presently reading & studying The Red Sea Rules and find this book a great sense of comfort and peace. Thank you for sharing your gifts of faith & inspiration."
September 22, 2014
(Note: Mindy is the recipient of Sparkle Caps Gift Bag #1,000!)
Mindy R. – “Thank you so much for my Sparkle Caps gift bag! When Rev. Barbara told me you were sending it, I told her it was sweet but to send it to someone who needs it. Turns out I was the one who needed it. I cried when I read all of the letters and they really touched my heart. This encouragement is an amazing thing you are doing! Please accept this donation so you can keep spreading your love for life. I really admire you and thank you for touching people’s lives.”
September 17, 2014
Sharon Paulson – “LOVE my new sparkle cap! Thank you so much for the whole happy package! Your encouragement is a gift indeed!"
August 1, 2014
June Santos Taitano-Aguon – “I want to thank you all for your support and the wonderful gift bag that blessed me on my birthday which was on Monday...I will forever appreciate the thoughts and love put into the package.”
July 30, 2014
Michele H. / Susan “Victorious” -
Michele lives in CA. Her sister Kim, who lives in GA, sponsored a gift bag for her little sister on June 20th. Kim flew to CA to take care of Michele post-op. In an e-mail, Kim said that Michele loved the handmade angel and looked beautiful in her red cap, but it took her a bit to send me a picture. Chemo has been particularly difficult for Michele. One day at home, she fell after passing out and ended up with three stitches in her lip and a big bruise on her check. Thereafter, Kim flew back to CA on July 11th to give her sister “some big sissy TLC and cooking. . .” Nothing like some sister-love to make one feel much better!
July 16, 2014
Patsy F. – “Susan, than you for the lovely gift bag I received at my chemo session today! The sparkling blue cap is awesome!” “It is people like you that keep us going! Thank you for your hard work and dedication! May God bless you and all the ones that help make your project a success!”
July 4, 2014
Lead-In by Susan “Victorious” - There is a 44-second video posted on the Sparkle Caps Facebook page, which is packed full of strength and faith. Kim Ross is a recent recipient of a Sparkle Caps gift bag. Her son Daniel posted the video and below message: Daniel Ross – “Mom's hair started falling out today and her friend came over to cut it. She opened the box and was so grateful for the time someone spent to put everything together! Love and thanks from the Ross clan!”
Diane M. – “This cap and gift bag really put a smile on my mother's face! Thanks Sparkle Caps Project!”
June 28, 2014
“Rosemarie H. - “Dear Susan, thank you so much for your prayers, compassion and sparkle hat through some of the darkest hours of my life!” “The good news – I am in remission as of 27 June!! Your hat is my constant companion! Not doing wigs.”
May 29, 2014
Janet B. - “This is a long overdue acknowledgement of my receiving a gift bag from ‘The Sparkle Caps Project’. I received it at a time when I really needed it. In early 2013 during chemotherapy treatments at SC Oncology Associates in Columbia, SC, a gift bag was given to me as I sat there during my 3 hour treatment. I was surprised and overwhelmed as I went through all the items that were contained within it. The books, the cap, the angel, the letters, etc. It amazed me that complete strangers were providing such lovely items to someone like me who at the time felt very lost. It was a wonderful compilation of gifts and I was so grateful to receive them.
“I have never forgotten this kind gesture and in appreciation for your thoughtfulness to me, I am enclosing a check for $____ so that you may provide one of these beautiful gift bags to a another woman cancer patient who will need uplifting materials to help her through her struggle.
“Sincere thanks to you and your organization for all that you do. I continue to ‘fight the fight’ with ongoing chemotherapy. I still keep your gifts and books by my bedside.”
May 15, 2014
Eileen C. - "What a lovely surprise was waiting for me yesterday at SCOA--my initial chemotherapy treatment. Thank you so much for all the lovely thoughts, goodies and encouragement. I am positive that with all my support in Heaven and on earth, I will also be "Victorious."
May 4, 2014
Melayne M. - "Dear Susan Victorious and Sparkle Caps volunteers: Thank you so much for the beautiful turquoise sparkle cap and the goody bag filled with gifts and inspirational letters. I am overwhelmed with the generosity of survivors like you who give back so much to those of us just starting the cancer journey. It has taken me a while but I’m beginning to experience the upside of my cancer diagnosis and enjoy the blessings of an 'awakened personal existence' in the words of Vicki Everhart’s letter. The sweet angel made by your sister-in-law is a lovely reminder to keep counting my blessings. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, kindness and faith."
April 4, 2014
Carrieella - "To the Sparkle Cap Project. Just a note to thank you for the caps and books that you sent to me during my treatments. Thanks again for all that you do for the cancer patients and for me."
April 1, 2014
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March 13, 2014
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March 4, 2014
Ingrid Klempner Carson – “In the world of Cancer, everything seems grim in the beginning. Then, in walks the Sparkle Caps Project delivering a bag of good cheer with messages of faith, hope and caring. Thank you for your gifts. Each item is a thoughtful addition to a bag full of cheer. I'm especially drawn to the written devotions and personal messages included by Susan. Thank you!”
February 28, 2014
Brande Wilkerson – “What a beautiful and loving you do! Thank you so much!!!”
February 28, 2014
Alicia Meador Pugh – “Thank you to all who were involved in our family care package!! It came at a week that it was much needed here is a picture of Drake with all his goodies and ours! Thank you!!! Alicia, Dave & Drake Pugh.”
February 27, 2014
Tracey - "What an amazing surprise I received yesterday when I arrived for chemo. Your bag of gifts was truly uplifting to me and my family. The blue sparkle hat made me so happy--it's even my favorite color. The knitted cap [Sonie's Afghans] is beautiful! The books, quotes and inspirational messages touched my heart and I thank you! What a tremendous and uplifting ministry--Again thank you! God Bless & Love"
February 15, 2014
Dianne S. – [Please note, when someone is thanking me, she is thanking all those others who helped make each gift bag possible. Susan “V”]
"I am completely lost for words to express my thanks and gratitude for the beautiful ‘Sparkle Caps’ gift bag. Everything in the bag is so beautifully thought out to give someone like me the feelings of peace and love and most of all hope and faith.
"As you well know this is such a difficult time and we can all use all the love, understanding and support we can get.
"I am so amazed and impressed you could start this project completely by yourself." [Note: God started this project in me.] "God has certainly blessed you in many special ways and I believe He had Big plans for you after your survival. In certain times the Lord sends special people to us for reasons we don’t always understand.
"You are one of those meant to touch my life and so many others.
"Thank you so much for all the wonderful items in the gift bag—especially the two sparkle caps. I promise I will truly enjoy them." [One of the caps was a crocheted one by Sonie.]
"With Love, Blessings and many prayers for your continued good works."
February 4, 2014
Meria - "So happy to receive my sparkle cap. Wonderful way of showing and encouraging me not to give up the fight on this evil disease known as leukemia. Keep up the faith, fight the fight, and remember you are not alone. God bless you all."
January 25, 2014
Raquel R. - "I just wanted to send my thanks to the awesome people that are behind the Sparkle Caps project. I adored the hats that you sent along with the notes of inspiration. Thank you so much."
January 4, 2014
Kathy W. - "What a wonderful project you have created. I was very uplifted by the great gifts--love the books & hat. Keep up the great work!"
December 30, 2013
Adrian S.F. - "Thank you for all you do to provide support to women facing the battle of breast cancer, you don't know how many times your words in your letters you sent in my package ring thru my ears or I get great compliments on my pink sparkle hat!! Thank you and God bless you in all you do!!!"
November 11, 2013
Denise I. - "Just want to thank you for the wonderful bag my mom received. She has been fighting peritoneal cancer since 2012 and is doing fairly well right now. The bag was such a nice treat and we appreciate all the support and love that was put into it. God bless..."
October 23, 2013
Brandi H. - "Thank You so much for my goody bag of wonderful things! The Angel, Biblical verses, book, bookmarks, wonderful uplifting letters, notes. I love my sparkle cap you sent me and my beautiful crochet one also. Thank you so much. For someone to read my story and to send me a goody bag before I go into chemo means the world to me!! Thank You!!!!"
October 10, 2013
Felicia K. – "Thank you so much for my sparkle cap. I received it today along with a gift bag of uplifting goodies. Thanks for finding me and reaching out. I will pay it forward. God Bless!"
September 23, 2013
THANK YOU FROM RECIPIENT PEGGY'S DAUGHTER, Allison: "A huge thank you for the lovely gift bag full of goodies that my Mom just opened from you. The sparkle hat was a big hit and brought a bright smile to my Mom's face. This is a wonderful service that you are providing to people when they feel defeated. Thank you for the joy you spread!"
September 14, 2013
Sara B. - "I want to thank you for your gift bag to my daughter Charlene and her children. She is under going treatment for breast cancer at the current time. Your gift bag with the sparkle cap along with your notes made the loss of her hair easier for her to handle. The bags for the children was a great idea and they enjoy them. Again I thank you greatly for making this journey a little lighter for her and for all people under going cancer chemo. May God bless you in this wonderful project you are doing to help people in these situations. Sara"
September 13, 2013
Pam E. - "I received my The Sparkle Caps Project bag this week. I cried yes. and LOVE my purple sparkle Hat and I received one of the new Love caps for cancer. I can not tell you how much better this bag made me feel. I start my journey next week port to be put in Monday start my chemo Thursday. 2 cancerous tumors in right breast. I will loose the right breast but I am going to win the fight against the cancer. TYVM Sparkle Project for making me feel so much better..." (Evelyn and Lisa, thank you for making this possible. Susan)
August 31, 2013
Colleen C. - "Susan, we love you! Thanks [to] The Sparkle Caps Project for making mine and my family's night! We are forever grateful to you! It overwhelms me when perfect strangers will go to the distance to brighten someone's day when they are going through such a DIFFICULT time! Thank you God for allowing Susan and the Sparkle Cap Project to find us." (Note: Colleen is the subject of the September Spotlight on Recipient.)
August 14, 2013
Letitia C. – She signs her letter "Stage II Breast Cancer Survivor. Survivors Rock!" Right on, Letitia!!! Letitia’s husband was one of the golfer’s at the Rainbow 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament In May, and I was privileged to talk to him about his wife at that time.
Letitia wrote, in part, "I was a recipient of one [of] the wonderful Sparkle Cap Boxes you sent to me. . . ." "The box was a wonderful and delightful surprise. The letters were motivating, the books were enlightening, the other gifts and knick knacks were very touching, and most of all-the pink sparkle cap was just amazing! The kids enjoyed the gifts you sent them as well." [The 4 children received mini gift bags.] "I appreciate your kindness and the work that you are doing for survivors everywhere." Letitia also sent a beautiful letter written to family and friends with her update.
I am happy to report that she has gone through a lumpectomy and finished 8 rounds of chemo and 34 radiation treatments! Yes, Letitia, SURVIVORS ROCK! Love, Susan "Victorious"
August 11, 2013
Adrian S. F. - Excerpts from her thank you found on Sparkle Caps: “I wanted to thank The Sparkle Cap Project. July 16, 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, July 31, 2013 I had 2 lumpectomies 1 was cancer, 1 was not. My world as I knew it was changed forever.” “I was devastated just like any woman would be, but after a good cry survival mode kicked in and has been going strong since. I have a wonderful support group, my husband, 3 adult children and their spouses, 5 grand children, family, friends, Church family and most importantly my God. He has calmed the storm that rages within me!!!”
“Through out this journey I have met some of the best people in the world, from my medical team to some wonderful organizations that are out there to help in anyway they can, such as The Sparkle Cap Project, the photo is of me with my awesome gift bag, it's was filled with love and prayers. I know cause I could feel them as I was taking each book, letters, brochures, pamphlets, small gifts, a beautiful handmade Angel and of course the prettiest sparkle hot pink cap out of the gift bag!!! As you see by my photo I haven't started chemo..... Yikes..... Yes chemo yet, but the sparkly cap I will wear with pride when I do.
“One of the letters was from Susan, the lady I messaged many times about different things to do with the project. This letter helped me so much and to her Thank You!!” Susan was telling how she dreaded her hair coming out, how her husband wanted to be the one to cut it all off when that day came, well it came and her husband got everything ready and cut her hair, but once it was over it was the fear itself that was the worse. I came to realize by reading Susan's words that she hit the nail on the head, FEAR, is the worst I always feared the words you have cancer, but I was told "you have cancer" and I'm ok, I feared my surgery 2 lumpectomies, I had surgery and I'm ok, now the next steps are chemo, losing my hair and radiation and guess what? I'm going to be ok!!!!!!!!!!
“Thank you Susan for enlightening me to that thought!!!
“In the photo also is my sweet youngest grand daughter, they also sent her books, socks and a handmade Angel. I am forever grateful to God and him allowing my paths to cross with such kindhearted people such as Susan and each and everyone that helps in any way with the The Sparkle Cap Project!!! God Bless each and everyone!!!!”
“PS. I sent in the lady at my church's info so she also can wear a hot pink sparkly cap with pride!!!!!” [Note: Sparkle Caps sent a gift bag of blessings to Adrian’s friend.]
August 3, 2013
Lori P.T. - "So I go to check my mail today and I see this box...I think I am not expecting anything and I haven't ordered anything...I look at the return address and see it's from The Sparkle Caps Project...I am sitting here with my daughter going through the books and started to read the notes and decided before I end up crying again, I am going to open one letter/note a day! I am beyond thankful for receiving this and for you thinking of me. I am honored to help others see how beautiful they are through this and tend to not look at myself but this has made me smile and will continue to for many years to come. Thank you again! All my love!" (NOTE: Lori is the subject of the August Spotlight on Recipient.)
August 3, 2013
Tina H. - “Dear Susan and Sparkle Caps Volunteers, I recently received my gift bag, with pink sparkle cap, on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. I was overjoyed and so excited to look through all the notes, little gifts, books, and of course the caps! I have been battling my second round of breast cancer for the past year. I have had so many set backs. Its been a very difficult road. My faith in God and the wonderful care I have received from my caregivers is what has brought me this far. I just wanted to let you and your organization know how appreciative I am of your work!! It made my day!!! Thanks.”
July 2, 2013
Mary B. - "When I was at my lowest, my nurse navigator introduced me to the Lovely Lady who handles The Sparkle Caps gift bags......Words just couldn't do justice to the feelings i had when I received that bag,....but I have plenty of words for the kindness and openness given to me not only in my gift bag, but in my day to day life after meeting Ms. "Victorious" in person. She is an awesome lady who cares so much about others, she is a true inspiration to those of us who are still trying to figure out what we should do next, in our recovery and our spiritual and emotional healing. I have received so much advice, suggestions, books, and just some plain ole knowledge!!.... and I have a true friend. Thru her, I feel we ALL can be VICTORIOUS....Thanks for your inspiration and your continued unwavering support to this creature trying to find the way. Much love to you Susan, You are indeed, Victorious!! Mary"
May 30, 2013
Janet S. - "So happy to finally put a face with a name! I was a Sparkle Cap recipient 2 years ago! Thanks so much for your support of our fellow survivors!"
May 22, 2013
Jackie received a Sparkle Caps gift bag in November 2012. "I just have to tell you this Susan. Remember the things you sent my way with the blue Sparkle Cap. Envelopes with messages of experiences you went thru. They were in my lil bag in my other room still. Bout to head for sleep. . .when I took a second look at my wonderful envelopes. They made me feel so good that night. Slowly I reread them. Meant more to me that nite than the week I received them. Treasure to me. Thank you again for sharing the things you did. Will be putting all my special things in a notebook of memories. Hugs, Jackie"
May 20, 2013
Kimberly B. – "When I walked into the exam room the Sparkle Caps Project bag was on the table, I jokingly told the nurse you should not have brought me a gift, she said I didn't. We both looked at the bag and realized it was for me, I can't tell you the love and joy I felt at that moment. After the bad weekend I had and knowing the bag was for me lifted my spirits immediately. So thank you very much for allowing the sun to shine on a cloudy day."
April 24, 2013
With Evelyn's permission, I am sharing her hand-crafted card with you. More than a reflection of what I do, IT IS A REFLECTION of what GOD DOES through me. Evelyn received a gift bag last Dec., sponsored by her sister Lisa. She has been on her own unique journey and has made so much progress. I have been so moved by the love that she has shared. Susan "Victorious"
April 24, 2013
Gwendolyn W. - “Dear Susan, Thank you and all the others who helped to put the Sparkle Caps Project gift bag together. I’m sure every recipient has been uplifted. I believe God will bless everyone who helped with this project in a special way. Thank you for the books. . . . Please thank your sister-in-law [Nancy] for the lovely angel which I have hung in my curio [cabinet] where I can see it every day; Sonie, who made the warm green and purple hat, and Vickie for the useful bookmarks. The royal blue sparkle cap is beautiful, but most of all thanks for the Bible verses and encouraging words. I will keep you and the other ladies in my prayers & ask you to do the same for me.”
April 17, 2013
Gratitude - “I just got my sparkle package and I couldn't be more thrilled! Thank you for what you do. Today was my second treatment and it was so nice to come home to such a special gift.”
The following is an excerpt from a beautiful thank you note that I received from a March recipient: "I am very touched that your group puts these delicious bags together for total strangers. I guess I shouldn't be, though, because cancer and God make us all sisters and kindred spirits. . . ."
March 28, 2013
Susan "Victorious" - THANK YOU! A HUMONGOUS THANK YOU to Renee Tollison, who is a SC court reporter and heads up the fundraising committee for the SC State Court Reporters Association’s Fundraiser for Sparkle Caps. She has so generously given of her talents and time to set up this web site as a gift to Sparkle Caps and the women we help, and she will continue to manage it, based on posts on the Facebook page. THANK YOU, RENEE!
March 26, 2013
Joan - "Susan, my oncology nurse presented me with my Sparkle Caps bag filled with wonderful presents and letters that you made just for me. Your selections of books and quotes speaks to my fears and hopes. God spoke to me when I thought I was dieing and I pleaded with God to take me. I saw a brightness and felt such warmth and then I heard Him say " It Is Not About Dieing, It's About Living". Some time living is very hard. Then someone like you comes along and what you say and do pulls me through. Thank you. My 54 year old daughter has just gone through a mastectomy and she is doing fine. I will share my sparkle caps present with her because there is so much wisdom in there."
March 15, 2013
The Caregiver Hour - "You do such inspirational and important work, thanks for all that you do!" – Kim
March 12, 2013
Ronna M. - "Susan, I love the concept of The Sparkle Caps Project and know what it recently meant to my cousins; One who lost her battle with cancer and the other who was a caregiver and supporter. Thank you for sharing your battle with this dreaded disease and this special encouraging project."
March 9, 2013
Jo R. - "I love The Red Sea Rules. Very comforting."
March 9, 2013
Jo R. - "I was blessed, yes blessed, by my caregiver's bag and the fact that a fellow court reporter thought to send it to me. It means so much to know others are thinking of you in times like this and sharing in the journey, that understand the roller coaster of emotions. My sister so enjoyed my sharing my bag with her. She was too ill to read or get out of bed to need a cap by that time, but she did so enjoy my bag with me and appreciated someone thinking to do such a nice thing for me. A part of the gift that I most treasure is the note of introduction from you, Susan, and the very touching and heartfelt note you sent to me after I lost my sister. It was very unexpected and very appreciated. How well spoken you are, Susan, and how much your encouragement means! Thank you so very much. I will send a donation in honor of my sister to pay it forward and will spread the word as much as I can to help you grow this ministry...a real blessing. Thank you so much for stepping out to help others."
March 2, 2013
Sherri M. - "I just received The Sparkle Caps Project gift bag and cannot begin to describe how it made me feel! The purple cap is so awesome and I can wear it now for the next coupld weeks before I lose my hair. The goodies, cards, books and letters and something that will occupy my time reading them all for a long time. I cannot say enough about Susan! She was prompt in answering my initial request, and proceeded to give me encouragement and information several times that day. I will be sure to sponsor some bags when I am well and maybe even contribute some items for her bags! I was touched and impressed with my whole experience. Susan... YOU GO GIRL! You are awesome and I will never forget your kindness! Love Sherri"
March 1, 2013
Brooke S. - "This is a wonderful thing you are doing here! When I received my bag, it felt like Christmas! It feels so good to know that someone you have never met cares so much to help you and remind you that you are important and that there is HOPE! I was overcome with emotion at the beauty of this amazingly thoughtful gift. It meant so much. Thank you!"
Lilla Todd: "We love our angels on our tree! David picked them up today when he went to chemo. What a special Monday treat! The boy angels are soo cute and I love mine with the brain cancer awareness ribbon. So thoughtful. We are so appreciative."
"Thank you Sparkle Caps Project for our gift bags and hats! We love them! Merry Christmas!"
December 13, 2012
The following is a thank you Sparkle Caps received from a recent recipient of a Sparkle Caps gift bag: "When I arrived at SCOA last Tuesday for treatment, I received the most incredible gift bag from you! It was filled with so many useful, practical ...items like the sparkling cap (how did you know I love purple?!?!), popular, health-related and game books, countless letters and inspiring letters, quotes and prayers to aid me on this journey. I THANK YOU and all the angels who assisted you from the bottom of my heart. I am overcome with the outpouring of loving support and resources that continue to appear, both in tangible and intangible form. I never realized how many blessings were part of this medical journey until it became my journey, too. For all you and others do to share your ‘tender, loving care’ generously and selflessly, I applaud you and I thank God for you.”
December 20, 2012
Candice W. - "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and wonderful gift!"
November 3, 2012
Jane S. - "You are all wonderful! What a great cause!"
September 23, 2012
Mary B. - "The caps are beautiful, I love it."
August 29, 2012
Jackie P. - "You are the Blessing, Susan."
August 24, 2012
Carol D. - "Susan, Jane loved the Sparkle Cap and the rest of the items in the bag. In fact, she has passed on the info regarding the Project to the people at her hospital treatment center. And today she has posted 3 pictures of herself wearing her Sparkle Cap on Facebook. The comments have all been very positive. Thanks for what you are doing....it has to be such a morale booster for women losing their hair. I know that Jane had purchased 2 wigs before she started chemo, but told me she HATED wearing them and went to caps instead. Now that I know about the Project, you will be hearing from me again if I know of anyone else who is going through chemo. Thanks again!"
Vicki E. - "Carol, I think Susan and her wonderful Sparkle Caps Project are truly blessings from heaven. I know how your friend feels about wigs! My Sparkle Caps are my favorites and I wear them every single day! When I wear them, I think how this project is so awesome, heartwarming, and touched by our angel, Susan."
August 4, 2012
Mary B. - "I just have to post how much I loved it when I got my cap from someone who didn't even know me.....I will always treasure it..I was so blessed all through my cancer treatments and met really wonderful people, especialy Susan Heimbigner who is absolutely the sweetest lady in the world. She makes me want to strive to be the best I can be......I hope to be half the person she is....and this project does so much to boost the morale of patients in treatment.....I cried happy tears when I got my bag, they were the first happy tears in a long line of many sad ones..I felt that I too, could be 'victorious'"
July 9, 2012
Vicki E. - "I was at the cancer center today (wearing my sassy red sparkle cap), and saw a woman in an adjacent room also wearing a sparkle cap - but hers was black. We weren't close enough to speak, but words weren't needed as she touched her cap and smiled and I did the same. Susan, it occurred to me that your caps create a bond among strangers that would not otherwise exist. I hope you know the beautiful impact that your caps create, sometimes without a single word being spoken. Thank you for all you do!"
June 30, 2012
Vicki E. - "Susan, I meant to tell you that I saw a woman wearing one of your signature sparkle caps when I was at SCOA for chemo last week. Seeing the cap reminded me again what a beautiful ministry your sparkle caps bring to someone at a time when they need it the most. Your project touches so many lives and hearts. Know that you are doing good work - God's work - and making a difference, one cap at a time."
March 29, 2012
Karen A. - "Thank you for the cap that my mom got from you. I am touched that there are people like you, projects like this. I am touched beyond words, and I just wanted to thank you."
"What amazes me is that the world seems like such a dark place, full of more evil and hatred than good. Not long ago, I would have said that people don't care about other people anymore. This project has shown me that there are complete strangers who care very much. What you are doing shines light into a time of darkness. Sometimes it feels like God isn't in the world, but The Sparkle Caps Project and people like you remind me that He is."
February 14, 2012
Shanta M. - "Thank you so much for my sparkle cap. I love it. Yellow is my favorite color, and my angel I love her. I am so thankful for all your support and letter. Thank U so much."
October 31, 2011
Karen H. - "I am a gift bag recipient. Having cancer is so overwhelming and when you receive a special gift it can help make you feel so good and special. I feel so blessed to have received my gift bag and I have also made a very special friend in the process, whom I will cherish always. I will finish my Herceptin on 12/19/2011. Thanks again for all that you do by making cancer a little easier to deal with..God Bless You!!!"
October 30, 2011
Jill S. - "Wanted to thank you for blessing my sister-in-law with a gift bag. I know God has his hand in your ministry because the 2 books you placed in her bag were one's she specifically had wanted. One was the exact title she wanted and the other was a topic that she was wanting to explore. Only God could have guided your hands to put those 2 exact books in her bag! The words of encouragement have meant so much to her and of course she LOVES her sparkle cap. Thank you for using your cancer journey to bring hope and comfort to those who are facing cancer now. I wish you much success in your new journey with The Sparkle Caps Project."