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A young man named, Garrett Lowry, from Denver, Colorado, has many interests that are similar to other 11-year-old children. He is wild about sports, especially baseball, but he has another passion that sets him apart from kids his age. He derives great pleasure from helping others.
Lowry, whose nickname is “Bam Bam” on the field, knits caps using a loom in his spare time for children who are battling cancer.
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9 News in Colorado spoke to Lowry and his parents about Lowry’s “secret” hobby. “He’s on the go all the time,” said Garrett’s mom Sheryl Lowry. His father, Don Lowry, said, “It takes two of us to take care of the one.” His parents realized a long time ago that their son was special.
“Some people say it’s unusual, but it’s just a part of my life,” said the young Lowry. This special young man knits caps for both babies and older children who are going through cancer treatments at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Lowry got involved with knitting caps through a school project where he and his classmates were supposed to choose a project to help give back to the community. The class decided to make 15 caps for children with cancer.
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Instead of stopping at 15 caps, Lowry got some extra help from his mom and grandmom and embarked on the task to make 50 caps. “Going through that kind of thing might scare people, and I just want to make something that can make them more comfortable while they are in the hospital,” said Lowry.
“Not only taught him some things but it teaches us some things too,” said his father.
Sherly Lowry, Garrett’s mom, told the Huffington Post, “It’s really about giving back to them and giving them something to make them feel better,” Lowry said, explaining her son’s motivation behind the project. “He just felt like it was something he could give kids who are going through chemotherapy to let them know someone cares about them.”
It took a few months to complete all 50 caps, but when they were done and delivered, Kathleen McBride, director of the Association of Volunteers at Children’s Hospital Colorado, stated that this gift would mean a lot to those at the hospital.
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McBride told the Huffington Post, “This donation in particular was very meaningful as it originated from a donor of a very young age,” she said. “It is so powerful for young people to give so generously of themselves for the benefit of their peers.”
McBride also said the love from the hats will be felt far beyond the hospital.
“They will provide a source of comfort for kids during their hospital stay and long after they have been discharged,” she said.
“I want children to feel better about themselves. And feel that they are appreciated and that they’re loved,” said Garrett.
His mom also shared with the Huffington Post that her son has always been generous. “He’s been involved in many Ronald McDonald House activities and even used his 7th birthday as a way to collect gifts and donate them to sick kids. She said he wants to continue being involved with the Ronald McDonald House.He’s got a very compassionate heart. He wants to do for others.”