MADISON (WKOW) -- Cancer touches the lives of many people in our community. So, one woman is giving cancer patients something special to touch their hearts--and cover their heads while they go through it. Elishah Oesch introduces you to March's Jefferson Award Winner, Suzanne Litscher.
The faint spinning noise you hear constantly in her home, is music to Suzanne Litscher's ears. Spinning, knitting, and making beautiful shawls, sweaters, and hats is her passion. She openly admits, "I'm addicted." Suzanne has been spinning for the past six years for basically everyone she knows.
As she puts it, "a vast majority of the time I'm on it." In that time, she's turned her passion for knitting into a mission for giving. She says, "I thought, what can I do to help other people?"
So, she decided to make different hats for people she's never met going through cancer. People like, Betty Boehmen. Betty says, "she made me my hat and my mittens and they are very warm."
Betty has been battling breast cancer for 13 years. It's a fight that often leaves her warn out, and cold. She says, "once I lost my hair, it's grown back now, but I even wore the hat in the home cause it kept me warmer."
Suzanne's hats are very fashionable but they're made to keep heat in for cancer patient, so they're made a little wider so you can keep the heat in and allow you to hold on.
Betty says, getting a donated hat feels wonderful. She says, "wonderful it gives you, I can't explain it. Its just an overjoying feeling."
It's a feeling Suzanne understand more and more with each hat she makes for someone else. She says, "with cancer patients, their future is uncertain and so each hat puts a smile on their face." Even more amazing, Suzanne foots the entire bill for making the hats. From raising the alpaca's where the fur comes from, to the finished products you see here, it's all on her dime.
But, that's what she says, makes it even more worth it. She says, "they know that there's a complete stranger that cares about them."
Again, Suzanne pays for this process all by herself, however she does accept monetary donations to keep up the effort. If you'd like to help out with Suzanne's mission, you can contact her at her email address: firstname.lastname@example.org