BEAN­IES FOR BRAIN CAN­CER

Knit­ting to help brain can­cer cause

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

INSPIRED by The Pro­ject’s Car­rie Bick­more, a Childers woman has be­gun knit­ting bean­ies for brain can­cer.

In 2011 Jenny Bouchardt lost her mother to brain can­cer, wit­ness­ing first­hand the in­sid­i­ous na­ture of the dis­ease.

“For such an out­go­ing per­son what it did to her was hor­ri­ble,” she said.

“But we had mum around for a lot longer than doc­tors thought.”

Ms Bouchardt dis­tinctly re­mem­bers her mother be­com­ing self con­scious about her hair while un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

Last month, when Bick­more col­lected her Gold Lo­gie at the Lo­gie Awards, the pop­u­lar 34-year-old donned a beanie and spoke can­didly of her hus­band’s bat­tle with the dis­ease (he died in 2010) and her de­sire to raise aware­ness for brain can­cer.

When Ms Bouchardt’s daugh­ter told her about Bick­more’s speech, she de­cided to put her knit­ting skills to use.

“I watched it and thought I can knit some bean­ies to help peo­ple,” she said.

“My daugh­ter put that on Face­book and a lot of peo­ple replied say­ing they wished they had some­thing like that when deal­ing with chemo.

“I started off do­ing it with the knit­ting nee­dles but I had to stop be­cause of my arthri­tis so I bought some looms and I have been able to do a lot more.”

Ms Bouchardt de­liv­ered about 30 bean­ies to Bund­aberg Hos­pi­tal a cou­ple of weeks ago.

She planned to de­liver more to Bris­bane Hos­pi­tal in the near fu­ture.

Ms Bouchardt said this was her way of con­tribut­ing to a wor­thy cause and to say thank you to both hos­pi­tals for help­ing her mother.

“I’ll be do­ing it as long as I am able,” she said.

“If I can help some­body feel a bit bet­ter then it will be worth­while.”

You can mail or drop wool off at 108 Sta­tion Rd, Childers or there are plenty of shops around Childers that have be­come drop-off points so check for fly­ers.

PHOTO: JIM ALOUAT

WEAV­ING WON­DERS: Childers lo­cal Jenny Bouchardt has be­gun knit­ting bean­ies for brain can­cer.

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