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3/22/10: Area children donate to Bethke Cancer Center

Camille Sawosik of Littleton (third from right, back row, gray sweatshirt) and friends recently prepared Care and Comfort for Cancer boxes for chemotherapy patients at Emerson Hospital’s Bethke Cancer Center. Each box is a unique piece of art filled with puzzles, hand lotions, socks to warm patients’ feet, gift cards, candy, and a personal letter of hope and inspiration.

"I'm so proud of Camille and her friends,” said Teryl Sawosik, Camille’s mother. “As they were making these beautiful comfort boxes, they were discussing how they hoped the boxes would let a person know that they weren't alone, or how a joke or poem might make them feel better. I was floored by their thoughtfulness. When we delivered the boxes to the Bethke Cancer Center, I was most touched by the nurses' positive response and their gratitude. I could tell by their reaction that the boxes really can mean so much to everyone involved - the girls, the staff, and most importantly, the patients."

The Bethke Cancer Center was founded at Emerson Hospital in 1997, offering expert, state-of-the-art treatment and patient-centered cancer care in a comfortable setting. The physicians and staff provide comprehensive cancer care in collaboration with Emerson Hospital, the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology, and Commonwealth Hematology-Oncology.

For more information on how to make comfort boxes, contact careandcomfortforcancer@yahoo.com.