Thank You B’nai Tzedek

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B’nai Tzedek Congregation in Potomac, MD included blanket making as part of their mitzvah day. Together we made 11 really cool blankets.  Thank you Amy Fink for coordinating this.  These blankets are getting shipped out to University of Chicago Medical Center c/o Dr. Mike Bishop, director of Hemotopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation.  We have now made and delivered a grand total of 347 warm, cozy, love-filled blankets for chemo patients.

From Inspirational Cancer Survivor Joan of Arc

Hi Marissa,

It was so nice to meet you and hear your story.  I am so sorry to hear about your Dad who was only a year older than I am.  He must have been a very special guy and still is.  You too are amazing and your website is very helpful and inspiring. I hope to return to the DC area soon.

Thanks for the beautiful and warm blanket.  I’m in between chemo treatments and need to start on a new regimen which was recently approved by the FDA last September.  The oncologists at University Hospital (Denver/Aurora) are very enthusiastic about it.  I hear that it is not covered by insurance and is quite costly.  I’ll be investigating into how I can get the manufacturing company to possibly pay for it.

All the best to you my new, beautiful, and awesome  friend.

Love and hugs,

Joan of Arc (Joan Ponds) 

This Blanket Went to a Friend in Colorado

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This is Randy (@Randy_Chalfant).  He is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor that my mom met on twitter. He tweeted this picture above and note to us…  “Look what the blanket fairy sent to me! Thanks to all that made this happen! It is just beautiful!”  Randy also wrote about his blanket in his blog RandyChalfant.com.  Thank you Randy!  Sending you much love & light…

Brenda Brings Her Blanket to EVERY Chemo Appt

At the infusion clinic getting her chemo

Pictured above is my new friend Brenda, an AMAZING breast cancer survivor.  In honor of Brenda, we donated a box of blankets to her doctor’s office in Rockville, MD.  She called my mom from the infusion room and described the most incredible scene…. picture this, maybe 10 or so people sitting in big, comfy leather recliners hooked up their IVs so they can get their chemotherapy…. some people were sleeping; others were awake, but each person was cuddled up under one of the blankets we made.   I get the chills just picturing this.  She even wrote about this in her own blog Diva Warrior Thank you Brenda!  I can’t wait to meet you in person….

 

 

30 Blankets Sent to A Local Oncologist

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We recently sent 30 blankets to a nearby doctor’s office in honor of cancer survivor Brenda Brody.  Brenda wrote this in her blog- Diva Warriors Update- about me…. she’s so sweet! I love her and I haven’t even met her yet.

Excerpt from Brenda’s blog:  

As I begin to tank into my nausea tired self, I can’t help but reflect on all those people who have helped me. Many I know and many I just met. I am grateful!

This experience has changed my life. How is yet to be determined.

Today we were able to give a ton of blankets from our Get Cozy During Chemo 13-year-old girlfriend. It warmed my heart to see the nurses had already passed them out before we even made it back to the chemo room. I wish I could have taken a picture to show you all, but many were sleeping and it just didn’t feel kosher.

I have included the amazing letter from my new buddy that I have never met. Marissa sent this letter to my doctors. My Physical Assistant, who I love, was so deeply touched and amazed that a 13 year old would think of such a useful and kind idea.

Much Love and thanks to all.

PS CHEMO JUST SUCKS!!!

 

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Brenda Brody mentioned that your office expressed interest the blankets that my friends and I make for cancer patients. In honor of Brenda, we’d like to donate some blankets for you to give to your patients who need chemo or perhaps just need a extra hug.  

Why do I make blankets for cancer patients? I lost my dad to sarcoma 2 ½ years ago. While battling this cancer, my family and I were constantly amazed by the kindness and generosity we received not only from people we knew but from complete strangers as well.

In hopes of sharing such thoughtfulness with others, I have started a project that I named “Get Cozy During Chemo”, where my friends and I make fleece blankets and donate them to cancer patients around the country.  You can visit my site www.getcozyduringchemo.org to learn more.

Many thanks for all the support and love you give to your patients. And thank you for taking such good care of Brenda.

Best,

Marissa Stoller

More Pictures from My Best Friend’s Closet Blanket Party

Thank you again to all the incredible girls who came to My Best Friend’s Closet to make blankets. We had about 40 friends here from 2 different middle schools. If you didn’t get your form for SSL hours, contact me and we’ll get one to you.  Thanks again Tara for helping organize this….  BTW, we have now made a total of 336 warm, cozy fleece blankets for cancer patients….

Blanket Party @ My Best Friend’s Closet Was AMAZING!

Tara & I hosted this party…. it was a blast…

Thank you to all the girls who came to the “Get Cozy During Chemo” blanket party tonight at My Best Friend’s Closet. Making blankets, hanging out and shopping at this super fashionable, fun store was a blast…. Thank you Cheryl Rhodes, owner of My Best Friend’s Closet for hosting us. We can’t wait to do it again.

p.s. One of the girl’s at this blanket party told me that grandmother who lives in India was recently diagnosed with cancer. So of course, we gave her a blanket…. a really cozy blue and purple blanket with monkeys is on it’s way to India right now. 😉

This Is Why We Make Blankets….

A picture is worth a thousand words…. Thank you Sister Maureen!

 

Thank you family & friends- you’ve made it possible for us to make and deliver over 300 blankets to cancer patients.

Read below to see what some incredible people are saying about the blankets we’ve made for them….

“Hello Marissa and Friends! My name is Lynne and my husband Michael has a rare ‘one in a million’ blood cancer that is in 75% of his bone marrow. This week, we received a blanket from you. It literally brought tears to our eyes. We just want you to know that your hard work and love is felt all the way to Canada. You sure made a difference to us. Your generosity and kindness is overwhelmingly beautiful. We received the blanket in the mail, and it was like CHRISTMAS. Michael just completed his 8th round of chemo, and he had that blanket on him in about 5 seconds flat. LOL! Thank you soooooo much for sending. You are a beautiful soul and we are so very grateful.” -Lynne & Michael, Canada

 

“This blanket was one of the most touching things I’ve ever received. Such a heartfelt gift. I guess for those who have lived through it, there’s a different kind of understanding. I really and truly appreciate it.” -42 Year Old Cancer Survivor, Rockville, MD

 

“The blankets arrived today in Milwaukee and they are beautiful. Thank you so much. I have already started to give them to my patients who are so touched by your kindness and generosity. Thank you again for making my patient’s lives a little bit better. Thank you Marissa and God bless.” -Dr. Mike Bishop, Hemotologist & Oncologist, Milwaukee, WI

 

“My 10 year old son was the recipient of the blue & lime green blanket that was made at your synagogue! We saw you in the picture and all of the young folks working on it and it brought a smile to my son’s face. Receiving this blanket opened the door to talking about his chemo treatments. We are all so scared about his upcoming treatments and the future, but are feeling so blessed to be supported by so many wonderful members of the community!” -Mom of a 10 year son w/ cancer, Gaithersburg, MD

 

“The chemo blanket that you made for me is absolutely beautiful and looks and feels like professionals have done it! Every time I have chemo, I bring it with me. Words cannot express how grateful I am to you. Not only is my chemo blanket gorgeous, but it is soooooo warm and it is all I need to keep me cozy during treatment.” -Debbie, Cancer Survivor, Charlotte, NC

 

“ Thank you very much for making these blankets. I was a recipient of one of the beautiful blankets today at the Cooper Group Infusion Center in NJ. They rolled in a BIG cart full of blankets and I chose the zebra stripe and pink one. It was such a blessing! Your kindness and thoughtfulness meant a lot to me and the other cancer patients. Thank you!” –Kelly, Cancer Survivor, NJ

 

“This blanket is really beautiful! I have been getting chemotherapy for 14 months and still have more to go. As much as your blanket will warm my body, more importantly it has warmed my heart. Thank you for your love and support as I continue to fight against this terrible disease.” -Dara, Cancer Survivor, Rockville, MD

 

“Ordinary people doing extraordinary deeds… that’s how I describe Marissa & her ‘Get Cozy During Chemo’ project” -Patty, Founder of Layers of Love, who distributes many of the blankets we’ve made directly to cancer patients