Founder and Executive Director, Knots-of-Love
City of residence: Newport Beach
Family: My husband, Rob Shively; and my sons Geoff and Ian
First job: A security employee for OCTA at the Ontario airport – I worked at the X-ray machine. It was tough, even then, to get stuff by us.
Who or what inspires you: When I see the cancer patients, and the great need that exists to make them smile
Advice to other women in business: Just do it. If you have a passion for something, it’ll carry you through.
Best vacation ever: Hawaii with my family in 2003
« Christine Shively hadn’t picked up a crochet hook for years. Then she couldn’t put it down. Afghans, shawls and caps topped the heads and warmed the shoulders of family, friends and neighbors. But demand was being overwhelmed by supply, and Shively was at a loss for what to do with the surplus.
A friend and 21-year cancer survivor had the perfect idea: Give them to cancer patients as a welcome break from itchy wigs. As of July 2009, Knots-of-Love had donated caps throughout the U.S. and was chosen by former President Bill Clinton as his charity of choice, which he talked about during last year’s All Star game.
Shively began visiting Newport Beach cancer centers in 2007 and was soon delivering them to clinics and VA hospitals; they’ll soon be delivered to hospitals in Ireland. The organization donated more than 3,200 caps monthly by July 2009, “and the number will change by the time this article gets printed,” Shively says.
She notes that Knots-of-Love has seen a 2,000 percent growth since 2007, and yet caps are still needed.
“So many people want to give back, and they don’t know how,” Shively says. “Making caps helps tremendously.”
OC METRO'S 20 WOMEN TO WATCH:
Wendy Rogers •Neda Zaengle •Belinda Bain
•Michelle Cohen •Dr. Sherri Treasurywala
•Caroline Cotten-Nakken •Heather Williams
•Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks •Kimberlee Mitchell
•Sonia R. Carvalho •Christine Shively •Liz McKinley
•Lisa Grant Ludwig •Tiffany Montgomery