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The True Spirit Of Giving Warms The Body and Hearts Of Patients At The Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Patients at the Lois Harvey Miller Infusion Center at Greater Baltimore Medical Center’s (GBMC) Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute are feeling a little warmer this month thanks to homemade fleece blankets handmade by a group of volunteers.

Recently, Dottie Pope, founder of “
Project Chemo Comfies,” helped kick off a distribution of more than 100 blankets to GBMC patients seeking treatment at the hospital’s infusion center.

Dottie and her sisters, Adina and Liana,
donated approximately 350 homemade fleece blankets to two Maryland cancer centers.  “My dad had infusion therapy for his cancer and one of his main struggles during his treatments was staying warm.  We donate blankets annually to honor my dad because he always taught us the importance of giving back to others,” says Pope.  According to Pope, she selected GBMC as a result of excellent care provided to her friend’s father and patient of the hospital’s infusion center.

Pope’s family and friends across the country put in a lot of hours making the blankets or donating materials.

“This clearly exemplifies the true meaning of the holiday spirit,” says Brian E. McCagh, FACHE, executive director of Oncology Services at GBMC.  “Sometimes just that little extra something to make sure patients and families have the love and comfort they need can mean so much.”

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