As a cancer survivor, I know that sitting in the chemo chair, or laying at home in bed for hours or days on end can be long, lonely, and tiring. Being involved in Project Chemo Crochet has been great because I know first hand that cancer patients will get to look at the afghan wrapped around them and realize that many people worked to create the warmth and love that is keeping them warm. Since each blanket is made out of hand stitched 9 x 9 squares, every blanket is different, just as every patient is different, and each treatment for cancer is different. It has been an amazing experience to watch this project grow from an idea to a huge success that has spread nationwide in a year!!! It now has 2 locations for blanket distributions and 9 x 9 square collections! One on the east coast and one on the west coast! If you would like to get involved, you can knit or crochet squares, or you can stitch squares together. Or, you can donate to help defray the cost of shipping. If you know someone with cancer, simply request a blanket! That's it!!
I recently met the founder of Pink Warriors, Inc this summer at Target's All Star a Teachers Program in Minnesota. I was able to hear the vision for this organization from Nichole. She really has a heart and passion to help others and share in the struggle as the patients battle cancer. Her goal is to show compassion and to give some comfort to those afflicted with this terrible disease. May God continue to bless your efforts through Pink Warriors! So proud to know you!
I am one of the many people that makes squares for the blankets that Pink Warriors, Inc sends to chemo patients. It gives me great joy to think that in some small way I am helping someone go through such a difficult time. I have even requested blankets sent to my own friends and they are received with such happiness. This is a great group to work with!
When my sister was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a friend of mine told me about Pink Warriors/Project Chemo Crochet. I sent a request and within days my sister received a beautiful blanket with a note of such love and compassion it brought tears to all of our eyes. Sadly my sister passed away. My mother wanted the blanket to go with her since it meant so much to her so the last thing she did before the casket closed, was to cover my sister with that blanket that she treasured so much. Nicole is an amazing person and I know her mom is so proud of the joy, hope and love that she has given to so many!
My step daughter, Carrie, was the second recipient of a crocheted blanket made from squares donated by individuals from Pennsylvania and now, across the country. She treasured the blanket, and the thoughts, prayers and well wishes that came with it from virtual strangers. It gave comfort as she battled cancer. Carrie lost her four year battle a few months ago, and I am so glad she had that uplifting, happy moment in her life when her blanket arrived. She hadn't known she was "nominated", and so it really was a surprise.
I've watched this non-profit grow since Carrie got her blanket, and even donated some squares myself. It's a wonderful, organic, way a small, personal contribution from one person can join with others to provide comfort to those who really need the boost. Well done!