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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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My boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer just over a year ago. I accompanied him to the first of seven weekly chemo sessions at Oregon Health & Science University. The Patient Navigator from American Cancer Society introduced herself to us. I noticed the display of hats and asked if I could make hats. She said yes, that they especially needed hats for men. She mentioned that loosely knitted hats were not popular with the patients because their bald heads show through.

I went out right away and bought the softest yarns I could find, including Lion Brand Homespun. I knitted at home, during breaks at work, and while my boyfriend was in chemo and radiation. It helped me feel as if I were doing something about his cancer. They were so thrilled when I brought that first hat, then a few more, and a few more.

When the Patient Navigator told me that my hats were flying off the shelves, I got all teary. Although my boyfriend never lost his hair due to being in a clinical trial of an alternative drug, I was so glad I could bring comfort to strangers.

My boyfriend is cancer-free now, but I have kept knitting hats for men at OHSU.

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