Crafters Spread Some Holiday Warmth to Cancer Patients

The UMMC Knit & Crochet Circle, a group of people who knit and crochet from throughout the Medical Center, have been busy this fall making lap blankets for cancer patients in the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. The goal for the holiday project was to make 100 blankets to distribute to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment or who have to be in the hospital during the holidays.

Trisha Kendall, BSN, RN, OCN, who has been named a finalist in the Daily Record’s 2011 Health Care Heroes Awards Program for her work as the group’s founder, reports that the group exceeded its goal, with the help of friends both within and outside the Medical Center. “Staff from across the Medical Center joined forces with community members from the Waxter Center, local churches, and cancer survivors to give to others this season. It’s very touching to see how many people came through to help,” she says. At last count, 156 handmade lap blankets were waiting to be presented to patients as holiday gifts. Trisha personalizes each blanket with a tag that wishes each survivor strength, peace, and recovery.

Volunteers distributed the blankets during the week of December 20, both to outpatients in the Stoler Pavilion and to inpatients throughout the Medical Center living with cancer.

The UMMC Knitting Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Trisha Kendall at 410-328-5420 or

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