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Nebraska teen crochets through arthritis pain to help others

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Many arthritis sufferers complain when they can’t knit or crochet because of the pain it causes, but one Nebraska teenager finds that the art of crochet has the opposite effect. KLKNTV reported on Dec. 1 that 13-year-old Sam Schaefer has found that crocheting helps keep his arthritic fingers nimble and relieves some of the pain. While crocheting helps him, he in turn helps others.

Juvenile diabetes led to arthritis in his hands and legs when he was a toddler, but Sam has been able to see some relief in his fingers since learning to crochet from his grandmother five years ago. He’s rarely seen without a crochet hook and yarn with him, and uses these implements to create blankets that provide warmth to others.

The community has rallied around Sam Schaefer as he pays it forward by donating the finished blankets and other items. A Facebook group, Strings for Sam, was created by a family friend to coordinate the donation of yarn and crochet hooks by Davey and Lincoln area residents who want to help keep Sam’s fingers moving.

While crocheting won’t help everyone who suffers from arthritis or other debilitating joint pain, we can all learn from young Sam as he pushes through his own afflictions to focus more on the needs of others.

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