Cancer survivor makes hats for chemo patients

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By Kyle Rozendaal, West Central Tribune, Jul 14, 2014, WILLMAR — Gretchen Kray is a humble and optimistic 10-year cancer fighter who has helped fill a gap in the local community by sewing hats for chemotherapy patients who lose their hair.

During Kray’s eight-cycle stint of chemotherapy from October 2013 into March of 2014, she lost her hair. In response, the American Cancer Society at Willmar Regional Cancer Center gave her a wig and a friend gave her a cloth hat and sold her a fleece cap to wear in the cold months.

“People kept asking me, ‘Where did you get that hat? I love it!” said Kray during an interview. “Since my head was always cold after I lost my hair, I figured I could make these hats for others who are in the same situation that I was in.”

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