There’s a note attached to each fleece blanket wishing patients luck.
For the patients at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, the blankets, and the luck, are needed.
Students at junior high schools in Nebo School District presented the institute with more than 200 fleece blankets Friday afternoon at Springville Junior High School. The blankets, made by the students, have been in the works since October by various student groups at all but three junior high schools in the district.
“A donation of this size is rare and we are so thankful to be receiving them,” said Whitney Sutterfield, who works in volunteer services at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Sutterfield said there is a constant need for the blankets, which are given to patients undergoing different types of treatment, including bone marrow transplants and radiation.
Nan Davis, the attendance secretary at Springville Junior High School, coordinated the effort between the schools. The project started last year at one school, when about 60 blankets were donated. She was inspired to do the project by a friend after the friend lost her husband to cancer almost three years ago.
After his death, the friend started making and donating blankets to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where her late husband was treated.
Davis was able to see the blankets, and the students who helped make them, Friday.
“I’ve been like a kid at Christmas all morning,” she said.
The money for the fleece at Springville Junior High School came from a penny wars fundraiser. At other schools, materials were donated by students.
Lauren Voran, a freshman at Mount Nebo Junior High School in Payson, thought of her grandfather, who died from cancer, while she was making the blankets.
“It is good to do something good for someone else,” Lauren said.
Jackie Magana and Estefany Quintana, freshmen at Springville Junior High School, worked on the blankets as part of the group Latinos in Action.
“We like helping with the community,” Estefany said.
Jackie’s mother told her she was making her grandfather, who died of cancer, proud.
“It made me happy doing this,” Jackie said.