Preston Allen may only be 10, but he has already found a way to bring smiles to many cancer patients.
Preston and mother, Tonya, sew hats and present them to cancer patients suffering from hair loss due to chemotherapy at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. The mother-son team call their sewing project “Beanies for Baldies” and are on a mission to provide warm hats to suffering cancer patients.
Preston is all to familiar with hair loss and a need for something to keep his head warm. Preston has been diagnosed with cancer twice and began treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma in September of 2011. At five months old, he battled Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, where cancer attacks the white blood cells. Preston’s father, Dana, lost his fight with colon cancer in 2010.
To cover the cost of hat materials, Tonya has created a page on the online store Etsy for supporters of “Beanies for Baldies” to buy a hat. Beanies are available in a range of colors and patterns. Hats can be sized for adults, too.
The purchase of one hat, at $5, pays for materials for three additional hats to be made and delivered to patients at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
According to the “Beanies for Baldies” website, Preston has embraced his father’s spirit of giving and sews vigorously to create hats for others fighting cancer. Kudos to Preston!