Patchogue boy knits hats for children with cancer

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A Patchogue boy is spending hours at a time using a special skill to put smiles on the faces of kids with cancer.

Cameron Sumner, 11, says he learned how to knit from his grandmother when he was 7 years old.

He utilizes his years of experience by knitting hats for girls with cancer who are part of the Shining Stars Foundation in Colorado.

The foundation's goal is to bring children with cancer together in a fun setting and to help them see that they're not fighting alone.

"I really feel bad for how much they're fighting, and I wanted to maybe put a smile on their face," Sumner says.

Sumner says he has knitted a total of 47 hats since the beginning of the year, at times working as long as 12 hours a day on them.

"Whenever I would get tired, I would just think how hard they're fighting, that they won't give up in chemo or radiation," he says.

Sumner says he is planning to take a trip out to Colorado sometime this year to meet many of the children involved in the foundation in person.

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