Adrian woman helps kids with cancer stay warm

Betty Timm of Adrian likes to keep busy. After having surgery in October, Timm stepped up her crocheting, and one of her latest creative outlets is crocheting hats for children with cancer.

Timm is on a mission to help children who may have lost their hair from the effects of treatment. Since starting in early November, she has made 98 hats and will keep making them as long as she can.

“I was making one for a little boy who has brain cancer, and I read in the newspaper about this little girl who was going home from St. Jude's (Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.) and that she was given a bandana by an organization. She was showing it off and was so happy to have it. I wanted to do something to help other kids like her,”?Timm said. “I called St. Jude and asked if I could make some hats for them. They told me they have between 75 and 200 kids in their care.”

As a result of her work, about 50 crocheted hats are being sent to St. Jude's. But Timm isn't done. She wants to send hats to the Hickman Cancer Center at ProMedica Bixby Hospital.

She eventually wants to expand her efforts to include cancer centers at Toledo, Ohio, and Ann Arbor hospitals, but the cost is a deterrent. She is looking for donations of yarn and financial help in sending the hats out of town.

“I can make three hats with one skein (of yarn),” she said. “I?make three hats a day, if I don't do anything else. But I usually average about two a day.”

The caps are a variety of designs, some ornate and colorful, while others are just plain, single-color caps. All will be given to children with cancer to help keep their heads warm, she said. The caps can also be made adult-sized.

“My goal is for every adult or child who has cancer to have one of these to keep warm this winter,” Timm said.

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Information from: The Daily Telegram, http://www.lenconnect.com

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