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Parker woman, a cancer patient, donates handmade goods to help others

Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 20:19:21-05

PARKER, Colo. — Connie Lau loves to crochet. She's been doing it for a while.

“I don’t have any patterns for these it’s just whatever pops in my head,” Lau, of Parker, said.

“Probably about 35 years,” she said.

And she is prolific at it.

But it's more than that. She donates these to others.

“I just want to see them happy, OK. Every time I brought them somewhere else or gave them to somebody, I love to see their smile,” she said.

She donated to Children's Hospital a number of times for very personal reasons.

One of her sons was born premature. A grandson went to Children's Hospital Colorado for a burst appendix.

“My son’s daughter just had open heart surgery at Children’s two years ago and so that’s my way that I take things to Children’s. It’s special to me,” she said.

It's not easy for her. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.

“What I have isn’t curable but it’s manageable,” Lau said.

She gets monthly shots and chemo has left its mark.

“I can I take slippers because the one thing chemo does. I have neuropathy in my fingers so I can’t function as well,” she said.

She had a pile of bags she wanted to donate somewhere.

“I made all this since March," Lau said.

But because of COVID-19, she can't really do that. So she asked Denver7 to courier them to a group in Montbello.

“People are out of work they don’t have food to feed their kids. Winter is coming in this week, we’re supposed to get colder,” she said.

So we obliged and brought them to the Montbello 2020 Neighborhood Organization.

“We just really hope that it’s going to uplift them and let them know that they’re not alone and that somebody cares,” Montbello Walks Program Director Pamela Jiner said.

They'll take them and distribute Connie's loving gifts to those who need it, and Lau said she's far from done.

“I still have issues but I don’t let it stop me. I just don’t. I want to do what I wanna do,” Lau said.