W. Mich. woman uses life's trials to do good for others

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan woman is using her life's trials to help other people going through the same thing.

The Portage woman has beaten cancer twice, and now has a special knitting project to help people just like her.

Florence Reed-West is 103 years old and shows no signs of stopping.

She's sharp, musically talented, and good with a pair of knitting needles.

Reed-West tells Newshcannel 3 that during her visits to the West Michigan Caner Center that she saw too many people sad to be losing their hair during chemo and wanted to find a way to cheer them up.

She says she knows it's a difficult time, but hopes her gifts and her words help them through.

"I would certainly say to smile and laugh and be as happy and positive as you possibly can, and try to keep your thoughts away from this awful thing," Reed-West said.

Florence says when she started, she had to pay for the materials on her own.

Now, people who have heard what she's doing are donating the materials she needs for the hats.