Cutline for photo: Anne Meyer of Sycamore and her son, Bill of St. Charles, delivered 80 fleece blankets to The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, on Valentine’s Day in memory of husband and father, William Meyer. Cancer Center staff warmly accept the gift for their patients.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy patients at The Cancer Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, are the beneficiaries of a heartwarming gift in memory of William C. Meyer, a Sycamore man who died of lung cancer last April.
Eighty handmade fleece blankets were delivered to The Cancer Center on Valentine’s Day by Meyer’s wife, Anne, his son, Bill; and long time family friend, Diana Tennant.
Tennant, a family consumer science teacher at Haines Middle School, St. Charles, challenged her students to make 100 fleece blankets in a project to honor the memory of the man who was like a father to her.
The project soon became known as “Wrapped in Love,” as word spread that the class was looking for donations of fleece material and money to complete the challenge.
Students sent out emails and circulated flyers. Others students, faculty, sports teams, and friends from as far away as Virginia and Texas got involved. Enough material was donated and purchased to make double thick blankets. Students cut strips and tied the layers together. The finished blankets were then rolled and tied with bright ribbon with a picture or note from the designer attached.
“We are little shy of the 100 blankets, but will continue the project throughout the year to reach 100,” Tennant said. And she’d be very pleased if the idea went viral, inspiring others throughout the country to make fleece blankets for cancer patients in their communities.
As Anne well knows, cancer patients get chilled during their many hours of treatment. The soft blankets made with two layers of fleece come in bright colors and whimsical patterns and are sure to warm patients’ bodies and hearts. The project, she said, was a lesson in “paying it forward.”