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Meghan Monday: ConKerr Cancer by Meghan
July 6, 2009, 7:13 am
Filed under: Meghan Mondays!

conkerr cancer logoAs many people know, I am an active member of the Fiskateer community. One of our leads, Rebecca, is very active with a group called ConKerr Cancer. According to their website, ConKerr Cancer started when Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face.  He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Since then the pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, has grown in amazing ways.  We have provided over 75,000 pillowcases made by thousands of volunteers from across North America and in South Africa.  School groups, sewing circles, church groups and fabric stores have all pitched in and are making pillowcases for the kids.  An exciting new program has been to take fabric and sewing machines to hospitals and sew with the patients and their families.

ConKerr Cancer has been able to make amazing progress towards fulfilling our goal of making hospital stays as pleasant as possible for chronically ill children and their parents.  Simultaneously the pillowcase project has fostered a spirit of community and volunteer service in communities across North America.  Unfortunately the number of sick children never ends, and we must continue to expand our efforts to help brighten patients’ lives and raise awareness about childhood cancer.

So what can you do to help out?

You can volunteer, you can sew pillowcases, or your can donate money. If you would like to volunteer, please send an email to ConkerrCancer@aol.com to find out more.

If you would like to donate money, you can go to the ConKerr Cancer “how to help” page and donate via paypal.

And if you would like to sew pillowcases, you can go to the ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Construction page. It gives you all the details on how to make the pillowcases and certain steps you need to take to make sure that the pillowcases are safe for the children. On that page you can also find out where you can donate the pillowcases that you make. You can also check out their Events page to see if there are any ConKerr events taking place in your area.

I’m going to get my friends and family together and try and make 50 pillowcases by the end of the summer. I challenge you to drag that sewing machine out of your closet and make a pillowcase (or 10, or 20, or even 100) to donate. If you decide to participate, please leave a comment here. I’d love to hear about all your stories!

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