The Massachusetts Leukemia and Lymphoma Society teamed up with Steve Lewis Subaru on Wednesday to provide dozens of blankets for cancer patients being treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
“I think everybody on earth has been touched by cancer in some way,” Steve Lewis told 22News. “And we’ve just decided that leukemia and lymphoma are very day-to-day cancers and we want to do everything we can to help them out.”
Sally Ekus successfully battled childhood leukemia. Now a trustee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, she knows the good these blankets can accomplish when they’re accompanied by a warm-hearted message.
“Going to chemo, you can physically feel very cold,” Ekus explained. “And so blankets are both, physically and emotionally, a source of comfort. And it means so much having them here at the hospital.”
For years Sally’s mom, Lisa Ekus, spearheaded fundraising events such as this annual lymphoma walk to benefit Sally and other young people.
Now, Lisa is being treated for cancer at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
“On the first day of her first chemo treatment, we walked into the nurses’ station and sitting right there was a Subaru Loves to Care blanket,” Sally said.