She is battling cancer and loves to crochet toys for children who are also living with cancer, but she is heartbroken after being told she can’t crochet in a library, and that’s why she contacted Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
That should be a dirty word, cancer.
Gladys Bower: “Yes, I have lung cancer and pancreatic cancer. They’re waiting to see if it spreads everywhere now.
Gladys is battling stage four cancer. Worse still for her, the memory of having visited her 6-year-old grandson in the hospital when he had cancer.
Gladys Bower: “I burst into tears seeing all these children with cancer. I collapsed crying. I didn’t have cancer at that time. My grandson has cancer.
And that’s when she had an idea.
Gladys Bower: “I’m hoping for a little girl here, a little plane. The light blue plane. It’s not perfect, but they’re happy with it.
Gladys started crocheting toys for children battling cancer.
Gladys Bower: “I’m going next month to children’s hospital, donate it, these children make you happy.”
And she discovered that crocheting the toys not only makes children smile, but helps them too.
Gladys Bower: “It’s relaxing, so I don’t think about everything. I have cancer. I have this.
Now the problem: Gladys is crocheting in a class offered at the South Dade Regional Library.
Gladys Bower: “Oh my God. It’s like therapy for me.
Then, one day, an employee approached Gladys as she was about to enter the crochet class.
Gladys Bower: “’Oh, Mrs. Bower, you can’t go to class.’ I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘No, the teacher doesn’t want you there.’ I said ‘why?’ She said, ‘I don’t know.’
Gladys says being told she couldn’t get into a class that brought her so much comfort stunned her.
Gladys Bower: “It broke my heart, really broke my heart. I know I’m sorry about that.
It bothers her that she is kicked out of a class at a public library and doesn’t know why.
Gladys Bower: “If I did something wrong? I asked them to forgive me. What? I do not know? I do not know.”
Well, Howard, can you get banned from a class at a public library?
Howard Finkelstein, 7News legal expert: “No, libraries are open to the public. Gladys was registered for the course and had the right to attend. It is legally as simple as that.
We contacted the Miami-Dade Public Library. They sent out a statement saying, “Their programs are open to all residents. That in this case, the volunteer class instructor and library staff thought the class was full, not realizing that Ms. Bower was already registered.
A spokesperson called it an unfortunate misunderstanding. The director then called Gladys and apologized.
Gladys Bower: “She said, ‘You can come back.'”
Gladys said she appreciates the principal reaching out to her, but she might not return to class because she’s worried the instructor won’t pick her up.
Gladys Bower: “Howard, if she comes to me, if she comes to me and talks to me, tell me what’s your problem? I might come back to her. I’m amazed at how perfect it is.
Gladys will now focus on crocheting for kids battling stage four cancer with the best attitude possible.
Gladys Bower: “But I do my best to smile. I am doing my best. You know. What can we do?”
Battling stage four cancer, she wants to make everyone happy by smiling. You are amazing, Gladys, and she explained to us the difference between crochet and knitting.
Gladys says crochet is one needle, knitting is two needles. See the things you pick up on Help Me Howard.
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With this Help Me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser, 7News.
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