By Ashley Rader
Patients at Sycamore Shoals Hospital undergoing treatments or surgery for cancer will receive warm, soft hats and comfort pillows thanks to a donation from the GFWC of Tennessee Elizabethton Woman’s Club.
Woman’s Club members made 22 fleece hats, 13 small comfort pillows and five large comfort pillows for the hospital to distribute to patients who have undergone mastectomies, port installations or other surgeries, along with chemotherapy patients.
Club member Jo Voigt said this was the second year for the club to donate pillows and hats for hospital staff to distribute to patients.
Voigt said the smaller pillows are made to be placed under the arm to help relieve pressure and give support to a sore chest or shoulder after surgery. The larger pillow is used to support the abdomen after surgeries when patients have to cough or otherwise place unavoidable pressure on that area.
She said the hats help keep chemotherapy patients warm if they lose their hair during treatments and could give them a boost of confidence during a trying time. Both the hats and pillows are made of soft, washable materials so the patient can use them as long as they are needed.
“If they have lost their hair, wearing a hat might help them feel better to get out of the house, go to church or just out on the town,” Voigt said. “It could help them to get back into the swing of things.”
Voigt said the cause was important to the club members because some were going through treatments themselves, had family or friends who had been diagnosed or were cancer survivors.
Club member Brenda Holdren is a cancer survivor. She said she appreciated the chance to do something to help support other local cancer patients.
“This is a cause that is near to my heart,” she said.
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