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ATLANTA, Ga. — At 94, life can be hard enough.

But an elderly Georgia woman is taking her hobby and warming the hearts and bodies of cancer patients in an Atlanta-area hospital.

Irene Marder crochets prayer shawls for the patients – praying over each stitch.

“Some people were just taken aback, amazed that someone would do this,” said Marder’s daughter Patricia Shida, according to FOX 5. “But it’s not just the prayer shawl, it’s the prayers.”

Marder has been crocheting the blankets for more than ten years but began making them for cancer patients after her granddaughter was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago.

Since then, Irene has given out more than one hundred shawls to cancer patients.

“I just love doing it, it keeps me involved, the prayers,” she said. “I never have to worry at the end of the day that I’m not praying for somebody.  They all know they’re covered.”

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