102-Year-Old Lady Knits For Chemo Patients

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As she sits in front of her TV, quietly knitting, you might not think that Wenonah Martin is much different from any other woman of a certain age with a crafty streak. But Wenonah is far from typical.

She’ll be 103 at the end of 2018, is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and she’s legally blind. The cozy hats she so faithfully knits will be donated to the Don Harrington Cancer Center in Amarillo, Texas. “If I could see, I could make [each hat] all in one piece and not have a seam in it,” Wenonah told ABC 7 News.

But her poor vision doesn’t keep her from knitting away. The first time she donated handmade hats to the cancer center, the hospital staff was thrilled to have them to help chemo patients keep warm. So the next year, Wenonah made 150 hats. She now donates every October and is well on her way to reaching her goal of 150 for the 2018/2019 hat season.

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But her poor vision doesn’t keep her from knitting away. The first time she donated handmade hats to the cancer center, the hospital staff was thrilled to have them to help chemo patients keep warm. So the next year, Wenonah made 150 hats. She now donates every October and is well on her way to reaching her goal of 150 for the 2018/2019 hat season.

After going through breast cancer twice, Wenonah knows how tough treatment can be. She’s now in remission and is happy to be able to help other patients. She met one woman who complained about her head getting cold at night, so Wenonah suggested one of her hats. The woman told Wenonah that, thanks to her hat, she was finally able to sleep through the night without waking up cold.

Photo: ABC 7 News

Wenonah began knitting when her daughter Judy was little. She wanted to make Judy a hat, coat, and leggings, so she found a needlework book with knitting instructions and taught herself. Now Judy helps her with her hat designs.

Photo: ABC 7 News

Wenonah enjoys making the hats and making treatment a little kinder—and warmer—for other cancer patients. She plans to continue making hats for years to come.

Watch Wenonah in action below!

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Katie Taylor started writing in 5th grade and hasn't stopped since. Her favorite place to pen a phrase is in front of her fireplace with a cup of tea, but she's been known to write in parking lots on the backs of old receipts if necessary. She and her husband live cozily in the Pacific Northwest enjoying rainy days and Netflix.
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