Cancer Patients Keep Warm with Knitted Scarves

By Anna Yee

November 8, 2011 Updated Nov 8, 2011 at 11:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- It's the deadliest form of cancer and the second leading cause of all deaths in the United States, and one local woman is lending a hand to those suffering from lung cancer.

Sheila Kimmey, of Morton, is giving more than 100 scarves to all cancer patients at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

The 75 year-old knitted the scarves in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

"Well you never know how people are going to react when you give them something no matter what it is," said Kimmey, "and so I just hope that it keeps them warm, and they know that somebody is thinking of them and helping them through it."

It took Kimmey about six weeks to make the scarves.

She says she hopes to continue the tradition next year.

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