A BIG Thank You!

Today I am taking time on this blog to give a big thank you to Cooper University Hospital Health Network which includes Cooper University Hospital and Cooper Cancer Institute. As you are probably aware when I set out on this journey, I did so along with my father, while he went through his chemotherapy, and radiation treatments, for colorectal cancer.   I am happy to tell you all that my father had a scan in August after he had completed all of his radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and the scan results came back that there was no sign of cancer.  He is officially a survivor.

Layers of Love was born out of an idea, to provide comfort and warmth for patients who are going through chemotherapy treatments.  When we started Layers of Love we set a goal of 74 blankets by Sept 2.  I am very happy to say that we achieved that goal.  Thanks to the generosity of many.   In fact, we went over our goal by 15 blankets!  We were thrilled to be able to provide so many chemotherapy patients with the gift of comfort and warmth in the form of homemade fleece blankets.

Now that we have completed our goal for Cooper Cancer Institute, we wanted to take time to thank its health network for all of their support.  The doctors, nurses, marketing department, their entire staff is amazing, and went out of their way to help us reach our goal.  Not only did Cooper include us in its newsletters, they promoted us on their facebook page and on their twitter account, not just once but many, many times over.  We realize that we would have never grown to be such a big success without its support throughout our blanket drive.  We are very grateful for all of their help.  Thank you for all you have done for Layers of Love.

The good news is the blanket drive will continue on Monday. We will announce all the details right here on the blog.

12 by the 18th

We have big changes on the horizon here at Layers of Love. First up,  we have set a goal of collecting 12 No Sew Fleece Blankets for the chemotherapy patients at Cooper Cancer Institute by August 18th.  We currently have 9 here waiting to be delivered.  We just need 3 more to reach our goal!

After we make the last delivery of blankets to the Cooper Cancer Institute in Voorhees, Layers of Love will take off in a similar but new direction.  We are currently in the planning stages and will make a formal announcement after the 18th of August.  We are very excited and look forward to working hard to make a difference for those who are going through chemotherapy treatments.

We are so grateful for everyone who has helped us out along the way.  We could have not done this without you. Thank you!

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Life Scout lifts blanket drive to new heights

This is a huge day for Layers of Love. To be honest, one I knew would come, but just not as quickly as it did.  I mean I set the goal of 74 blankets by Sept. 2, because that is my dad’s birthday.  Honestly, I really didn’t think we would hit that goal date.  I knew we’d hit the goal, I just wasn’t sure when it would be.

However, a young man had a different idea.  I would like to introduce you to Sam Keefer.  Sam contacted me a few months back about the possibility of doing his Eagle Scout project to benefit Layers of Love. His mom saw an article on Layers of Love in the Cooper Hospital newsletter and thought it would be a great project for Sam to take on.

And take it on he did.  And in a BIG way.

The 17-year-old held a fundraiser at the local bowling alley,  accepted monetary donations and blanket kits from family, friends, the instructors and students of the National Karate Institute and Greater Harmony Yoga, our Church Community at Holy Eucharist in Tabernacle and  the Mt. Laurel scouting community, raising enough money to buy more than 50 fleece blanket kits… 54 to be exact.

Sam then organized a blanket tying event at a local church.  He invited everyone to come help cut the blankets and then tie them all together.  So on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon, many people gathered to help him complete his project.  It was a fantastic event.  He also served bottled water, coffee, donuts and fruit for everyone who volunteered.

Sam had two cutting rooms set up where volunteers prepared all the blankets to be tied.  After the blankets were cut, they were then moved  into another room where  volunteers waited to tie the blankets.  Once the blankets were tied they were folded and placed into bags for transportation to Cooper Cancer Institute in Voorhees, New Jersey.   Sam organized the project from start to finish.  It required a lot of time, effort and hard work.  It was by all accounts a huge success.

Volunteers at the blanket tying event for Sam’s Eagle Scout project
Sam and his Eagle Scout project

Yesterday Sam delivered the blankets to Cooper Cancer Institute. The employees at Cooper were overwhelmed at how many blankets Sam was delivering.  They were completely blown away over his Eagle Scout project.  Pictured below is Sam with the blankets and Bonnie Mehr, Manager of the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program Cooper Cancer Institute – Cooper University Hospital.

Sam and a Bonnie Mehr from Cooper Hospital
Wow!  Sam’s Eagle Scout project produced 54 blankets for delivery!!

I had the pleasure of meeting Sam and his family at the blanket event he held on Saturday morning.  They are a wonderful family.  Sam is an amazing young man who will begin his senior year of high school in the fall.  He said he was looking into political science or history as his major in when he moves on to college, but hasn’t made a final decision.  I don’t think it matters what path Sam chooses to do in his future, because I know he will be a success no matter what.

I cannot thank Sam and his family enough.  What they have given to me and Layers of Love is an amazing gift.  Not only the blankets, but just crossing paths with him and his family has made such a big impact on me.  I am so happy for the all the chemotherapy patients who will now have comfort and warmth as they go through their treatments.

If you haven’t donated and would like to do so there is still time.  Even though our blanket drive hit our goal, the donation drive still continues as we are scheduling one more trip to Cooper Cancer Institute before September to deliver the last of the blankets that we have waiting here.  You can send your blanket donation to: Layers of Love  665 Pine St. Palmerton Pa 18071   THANK YOU!