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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Caps for Cancer children

I had a crochet a day calendar in 2007. One day in May a pretty rainbow cap was featured, I kept the pattern for future use.

Then bad luck struck I found out my niece, Michelle, had Ewing Sarcoma Cancer. By the end of May she had lost her hair. Comer's children hospital in Chicago gave her a bandana to wear home to cover her head. I rant to Michaels and bought a rainbow of yarn and made the hat. The hat I made was so big on her it went down to her nose. She gave it back I said leave it at the hospital for a bigger headed child. I said I would make her another. She asked "if it was not too much trouble could she have a black one" (she likes the Sox). Truly if she had asked for woven moon beams I would have made it. I made her black cap then I used lots of scrap yarn and made a bunch of cap in all sizes (babies get cancer too) and told her take what she likes and give the rest to the hospital.

She lost her battle to cancer. Many friends and family now shave their heads annually to fundraiser for St. Baldrick's, a child cancer fundraising organization. Everyone who shaves their head now gets a "Michelle cap".

I don't know haw many children got my caps at the hospital, but even 1 makes me feel like I did something good. Everyone who gets one for shaving has loved theirs.

This is why I love to crochet!

Pictures of Michelle (with IV) and the other myself with a friend wearing her cap

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