Former Inmate, Brightens Lives of Cancer Patients

Kurt Stapleton crochets hats to help keep the heads of cancer patients warm.

Kurt Stapleton, 42 of Madison Wisconsin, learned to crochet in prison 10 years ago. He now makes knit caps for cancer patients.

Kurt Stapleton with one of his creations. “I’m just a guy making hats,” he says.

“About a year ago, I initially posted something about making chemo hats and friends shared it……….I got a lot more than I anticipated.”

Kurt Stapleton

“You can’t put it into words — what someone thinks is the littlest thing. And for him to not even know me, to make sure I got a hat, it was just a wonderful feeling……….I felt supported and loved.”

Wendy Oren
Edgerton, Wisconsin

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