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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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Cancer Patients/Survivors Helping Others

I wanted to "pay back" when I retired and a local hospital was opening a new cancer center - David C. Pratt Cancer Center at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur, MO. I first volunteered in the lobby assisting families/friends getting the patient into the center, direct patients to doctors' offices, etc. After talking with several patients I started making chemo caps. I was asked if I would like to lead a group of patients/survivors and teach them how to knit and crochet. Our group has evolved into so much more: I am told it is one of the best support groups the hospital has. The patients share their experiences, treatments, doctors, etc. but at the same time we have a lot of fun.

Our group is called "St. John's Knit Wits"; we meet once a week for what started out to be a couple of hours (sometimes turns into a few hours) and we all work on our projects at home during the week. We make prayer shawls, lapghams, chemo caps, etc. and donate them to the hospital. We donate an average of 400 items a year. A nurse will take a prayer shawl or lapghan to a patient in the hospital and we are told they are so appreciative that they sometimes get emotional. Patients will come by and see us working away and ask if we are the ones that made a chemo cap, etc. that they received. We get back a lot more that we give.

The hospital newsletter has had two articles on our group.


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