As you may or may not know, Layers of Love was born and has lived almost solely through the power of social media. When I first had the idea for Layers of Love it was born because of a dear friend’s words to me in an email late one night. 20 words that brought Layers of Love to life. Said over the internet.
Layers of Love was born. And we have lived primarily through social media since our launch back in February of 2010. Twitter, Facebook, our website and here on our blog. That is how we have spread the word. That is also how we have met so many wonderfully incredible people doing so many incredible things.
“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” ~Satoro
I am a firm believer in that quote. We at Layers of Love believe in one blanket at time, one patient at a time. We do what we can to help as many chemotherapy patients as we can. We do all of this through the generosity of individuals, most we’ve never even met. Our blanket donations come from not only across the state and all over the country, but the world. We don’t accept monetary donations, only fleece blanket donations. Because solely of the generosity of others we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.
Hang on because this is where the story of Layers of Love gets even better. We have the fortune of, through Twitter, meeting a wonderful woman. Enter cancerHAWK. She found us through twitter. She was looking for a project for her daughter to take on for her upcoming bat mitzvah. They decided on making blankets for Layers of Love. We have a full blog post coming up soon with much more on her daughter. She is an amazing young woman. You would think this is where the story ends, right?
Let’s get back to twitter and our friend cancerHAWK. Let me introduce her. Her name is Robyn. Robyn started a campaign over a week ago on Twitter. For every new follower she received for the week, until October 31, she would donate a blanket to us. Each new follower=a new blanket for a chemotherapy patient.
We at Layers of Love were floored. Generosity that we couldn’t believe.
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Robyn. She was one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. What she has done is amazing. Robyn lost her husband Alan, to a rare form of cancer July of last year. She has 3 incredible children. And as she states on her blog “When I ask myself what can I do with the lemons that have been thrown my way, I know what Alan would say. He’d say, “Make Lemonade.” cancerHAWK is my lemonade.” One thing she said during our conversation has stuck with me ever since, “If I can make someone’s journey brighter, that’s what I want to do.”
That is simply beautiful. She is one beautiful woman.
Her very successful twitter campaign gained her 148 new followers. Which in turn means 148 blankets donated to Layers of Love. One woman, one campaign, one GIANT generous heart.
Layers of Love can never adequately thank her for all she has done for us. Giving the gift of not just a fleece blanket to a chemotherapy patient, but giving the patient comfort and warmth, and letting them know that they are not alone in their battle with this terrible disease. The gift of a handmade blanket does provide them with warmth to help with the terrible side effect of the chemotherapy treatment but it also provides warmth for their hearts, it’s comforting to know that someone they have never met does care.
THANK YOU Robyn. Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for your beautiful heart. Most importantly, thank you for you.
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In advance of our upcoming post on Robyn’s daughter, you might want to take a look at the Get Cozy During Chemo blog.