Ever year McQuire, a Freeburg, Ill. resident, participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Freeburg Recreational Park in June. She also knits hats for cancer victims who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy sessions.
McGuire’s daughter says her mother loves the all-night Relay for Life, which helps raise money for cancer research every June. Despite her age, McGuire says she will do it as long as she can, even though she has to use a walker to do her share of the relay turn.
McGuire says she loves talking to all the people and enjoys seeing them every year at the relay.
When she isn’t doing the relay, she spends the rest of the year making the hats. She says she doesn’t know just how many she has made over the years, but that she loves it too and she gives them away through the American Cancer Society.
McGuire uses a kind of yarn called “Fun Fur” that looks like the hat is a head of hair, and uses colors similar to real hair like black and brown.
McGuire says she is happy to still be around to participate in the annual relay and to knit the hats to help others. She plans to participate in this summer’s race as well.