Charlotte Behnke Smith recently donated 55 crocheted hats to be given to the patients at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Each hat is created in a unique way with yarn that was purchased on sale at a local craft store where Behnke Smith works part-time. She crocheted the hats as a gift for other patients to say how grateful she is to her care team and hopes to spread joy to her fellow patients following her recent recovery from breast cancer surgery.
Behnke Smith says that she was able to make the hats over a five or six month period while she was watching TV or relaxing in the evenings. Each hat takes three to four hours to complete. “I like to think about the patients who will use the hats,” said Charlotte, “I hope they can use the hats and know that someone is thinking about them.”
“We are always grateful when patients such as Charlotte are touched by the compassion of our care team and wish to give back in a meaningful way to others,” said Tiffany Samuels, interim director of development for the WVU Cancer Institute.
Behnke Smith said the hats are a way for her to give back to the Institute and hopefully provide some comfort to other patients who are receiving treatment at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.
Caption: Dr. Shalu Pahuja and Charlotte Behnke Smith display a few of the hats that Charlotte recently made and donated to patients at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown, WV.
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WVU Professor Emeritus Alan M. Ducatman is among the presenters for an upcoming Public Health Grand Rounds session, "PFAS and Protecting Your Health,” hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.