If you were told that you have cancer and have to lie in bed every day, will you spend every waking moment overwhelmed with sorrow and secluded from everything? Instead of doing that, a terminally ill 91-year-old man has knitted over 8,000 hats over the past 15 years for the homeless.
Known as the “Hat Man,” Morrie Boogart was taken to Cambridge Manor hospice care in Grandville, Michigan, in 2017 for skin cancer. Both the illness and his age limited his mobility, forcing him to stay in bed all day, every day.
Unlike most bedridden patients, Boogart found something that gave him “a sense of purpose,” his daughter Karen said. From the moment he woke up in the morning, he would reach for the yarn and begin his daily routine of knitting hats. With a couple of small intermittent food breaks, Boogart would knit until he went to bed at night.