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Martha Gershun

Fairway, Kansas

When her school-age daughter wanted to learn to knit twenty years ago, Martha Gershun
signed up for mother-daughter knitting lessons. Her daughter bailed after several sessions, but
Martha loved everything about knitting and never stopped. A self-described “rectangle knitter,”
Martha has made blankets and scarves for nearly everyone she knows. Her stash of carefully
crafted baby blankets stored in a cedar “Grandmother’s Hope Chest” finally saw the light in
February 2022 when her twin grandsons were born.

Martha has over 40 years of leadership experience in Fortune 500 corporations, start-up
ventures, and nonprofit organizations. In 2017 she retired as Executive Director of Jackson
County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and now spends her days as a nonprofit
consultant, community volunteer, and writer.

In 2018 she donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she read about in the newspaper.
She wrote about that experience in Kidney to Share (Cornell University Press, 2021), co-
authored with John D. Lanots, MD.

Martha lives in Kansas City with her husband, Don Goldman, who wears her knit scarves with
appropriate pride and pleasure.

Contributions From Martha Gershun

Marjorie’s Yarn

A tale as old as knitting, relevant for anyone with a stash.

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