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She has the power

SKYE’S THE LIMIT: Middle schooler Skye Workman, center, is joined by Dr. Aziza Sedrak-Ghaly, left and Gary G. Terrinoni, president and chief executive officer at the The Brooklyn Hospital.
Joanna DelBuono

Fort Greene

Hat power!

Hats off to Skye Workman. This borough tween taught us all a lesson about the power of giving. The seventh-grader at Saint Bernard Catholic Academy knew a cancer patient who lost hair as a result of treatment.

“That really felt hard,” she said. As someone who enjoys a fashionable beanie, Skye thought about how wearing a hat would make the difficulty of hair loss a little easier. She started a nonprofit foundation called Skye’s the Limit at only 9 years old, and asked friends and family to donate hats for cancer patients.

“My mom mentioned The Brooklyn Hospital Center as a good choice for the donations,” Skye says.

So the beanies, caps, and head gear started to roll in.

The hospital provides care to cancer patients of all ages. Since she began the foundation, Skye has witnessed an aunt and a friend’s older sister battle cancer. “Watching my friend’s 14-year-old sister lose her hair makes it even more real,” she says.

Skye intends to keep up the foundation throughout high school. Her plans for the future include college and law school.

“I like helping people,” she said.

To donate to Skye’s the Limit, e-mail WorkmanClaudette@yahoo.com.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center [121 DeKalb Ave. at St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, (718) 250–8000].

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