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A local woman is using her knitting skills to make hats for cancer patients across the country.  It's her way of saying thank you to her step father.

"I do it for Charlie and his memory.  It's for everything he's done for me growing up," said Jodie Patterson.  

Jodie Patterson's stepfather Charlie loss his battle to cancer in 2007. She says he had the ability to light up a room with his smile and that's a joy she wanted to pass along to others.

"One night I was at home knitting and watching television and my focus went to a picture of my stepfather and my mother. The idea just came to me then I wondered if i could knit hats and donate them to children," said Patterson.  

Six years later she's made almost 2,000 hats and has donated them to children with cancer across the country.

"If I can put a smile on the face of a child then I've done what I wanted to do. That makes me happy and I know that makes Charlie happy," said Patterson.

Patterson has even included her mom in every project because as she puts it Charlie would have wanted her too.

"When I knit hats I take them to my mom.  I ordered labels that say for the love of Charlie and she sews them into each hat," said Charlie.

It's a project that allows her to feel closer to man that sacrificed so much for her family. It's a man that taught her valuable life lessons that she wants cancer patients to embrace.

"It's just a little bit of confidence, hope, security," said Patterson.  "It's just encouraging the kids to keep fighting and hoping that there's people out there that care."

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