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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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In May 2000 I was diagnosed with a late stage ovarian cancer. I am a survivor who,after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, has since battled AND WON two recurrences. I am in remission. Right after my first "go around" I decided to learn how to knit. A wonderful friend and co-worker patiently taught me and I quickly loved it. My bald head was always cold so I concentrated on knitting hats in the beginning.
My husband and sons and grandson had shaved their heads the day my hair began to drop into everything and we shaved it off. So I wanted to give them warmth along with my gratitude for their moral support.
Upon return of my hair months later, I donated the best of the hats to the hospital and they were quickly a hit for male and female patients.
On my second "go around", when I arrived at the Cancer Center the day of my first chemo, a nurse handed me a lovely knitted shawl that had been made for me by a friend who had left it there for me. That shawl still gives me a creature comfort and helped me through "round" three.I use lots of Vanna's Choice lately as I am making wristers for just about everyone in my life, including the nurses and patients at the Whittingham Cancer Center. I did splurge on Lyon Brand cashmere for Christmas wristers. I just started a hat using Tweed Stripes. It is so soft and will be perfect for the tender bald heads.I do hope and believe that many have benefited from my favorite hobby.I spend at least a couple of hours a day knitting. I carry a project (and a small paperback novel) with me almost every time I leave my home. No media has been notified nor will they be. I drop my donations into a convenient donation box in the waiting room and few people know, which is as I like it.

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