"I started at the NICU in Charleston," she said. "Making hats passed the time instead of looking at her and worrying. Once she had 15 or 20 hats, I decided to start making them for other people. I would make them and put them on the nurses' desk for other babies in the NICU. I made a lot of hats over 117 days."
Last holiday season Brooke delivered more hats for the premature babies and scarves for the nurses.
She has never sold them, but she has donated a few for fundraisers.
Her latest endeavor with Hannah's Hats are the ones that have gone to those making donations to Team Hannah and Leah in the March of Dimes' annual March for Babies.
So far the team has raised $1,400 and has pledges for another $500. She won't have time to make more hats for donors but appreciates donations for the March of Dimes.
Brooke will participate in a walk on June 8 in Williamstown in Wood County. On Saturday, she will participate in the Charleston walk with a team from Women and Children's Hospital. Hannah will ride along in a stroller.
Brooke credits the NICU staff at Women and Children's with saving Hannah's life and also is grateful for the research that has been made possible due to funds raised through the March of Dimes.
On Saturday at the Capitol Complex in Charleston, hundreds of families and business leaders will join in the March for Babies, the nation's oldest fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.
It's also the largest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. More than 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and each benefits from what organization has provided through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.
The March of Dimes was founded in January 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered from polio himself.
Registration for the Charleston walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the walk starts at 11 a.m. Go to www.marchforbabies.org to register online or obtain more information.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail. com or 304-348-1246.