Posted: Apr 12, 2013 1:59 PM by Chet Layman
Updated: Apr 12, 2013 2:09 PM
BOZEMAN - Chances are, most of us will be touched by cancer in some way on our lifetimes. A group of Bozeman area students have been working on a project to make sure some people being treated for cancer are touched by something else.
Members of Aspen Root, a Bozeman High School group, made and donated lap blankets for chemotherapy patients to use during treatment.
Their gift is simple - a blanket to keep warm with during what sometimes lasts hours, sitting with chemotherapy drugs being pumped in to your body.
Group members came up with the idea themselves. They met weekly to assemble the blankets, and it turns out to make friends.
The group of 30 or so students has all been touched by cancer in some way.
Anna Atwell's father was in taking a cancer treatment at the same time she was helping with the donation to the Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center.
"About six of us walked in to this meeting together and they've come with me ever since and they've been absolutely wonderful and incredibly supportive. I mean, it's been difficult and I've been lucky to have the support system and I hope that Aspen Roots can offer that to other people as well," Atwell said.
Some of Anna's friends joined the group, while other members of the group became friends because of the work.
As for the lap blankets, Spencer Green says Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center patients see these blankets as markers of hope.
"I've heard patients come back, you know, and talk to us and they still have the blanket or the hat because it means that much to them. It was something that gave them comfort and hope going through that process, so fabulous," Green said.
Aspen Roots made 20 blankets for donation this time. The friendships made will go far beyond those.