Wisconsin man, once imprisoned, now brightens lives of cancer patients

Wisconsin man, once imprisoned, now brightens lives of cancer patients
Kurt Stapleton via CNN
Kurt Stapleton with one of his creations. "I'm just a guy making hats," he says.

With loving hands and a dainty hook, a craftsman is making the world a little warmer by crocheting colorful caps — almost as colorful as the tattoos on his muscular forearms.

Kurt Stapleton learned to crochet in prison a decade ago. Now he’s making hats for cancer patients who’ve lost their hair.

“About a year ago, I initially posted something about making chemo hats and friends shared it,” the 42 year-old told CNN. He thought his post might raise a little local interest in the knit caps. “I got a lot more than I anticipated.”

Now the Madison, Wisconsin, resident ships his caps to cancer patients all around the world, free of charge.

He has made about 50 hats in the last month and has another 40 or so on order. People as far away as Thailand, South Africa and the Philippines are wearing his hats.

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