Godley Elementary School students are making pillows for cancer patients who are being treated at the Joan Katz Cancer Resource Center.
The center offers comprehensive and compassionate oncology services to serve men and women diagnosed with cancer in north Texas at the Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth.
When GES teacher Stacy Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, she found out that after patients have surgery they are given a pillow for comfort.
“These pillows felt like a little hug every time I used them,” Brown said. “They kept me comfortable for two months while I recovered from surgery. Every time I used them, I remembered how loving and kind all the people who helped me and took care of me were. They made the healing time so much more bearable.”
She and her mother began sewing the pillows themselves but later asked if the school could create, “Pillows for Patients,” to get the students involved in a community project.
“I wanted to make sure every patient gets a set of pillows, and it allows me to give back to those that helped me after surgery,” she said.
The students will make their first delivery to the center today, she said.
“It kind of puts a positive spin on having cancer,” she said. “It just feels like a big hug. It’s just kind of a nice thing to wake up to after surgery.”
Since they are a Leader in Me school, GES Principal Keri Grimsley said they focus on the seven Habits of the Highly Effective People initiative.
“Our vision is, ‘Learn, Love, Lead, the Love’ being the focus for this project,” Grimsley said. “We want our kids to learn while they’re at school, but we also want them to learn to love those around them and give back to their community in some way. This is a fantastic project for them because it’s something our tiny people can help with.
“As a [pre-kindergarten through first-grade] campus, we sometimes have to get creative with what our students can do to be a leader. We have also learned about families in our school community who have been touched by breast cancer in some way.
“I feel that we are serving but also honoring those families and providing a way for us to work together to give to a great cause.”