Monday, November 14, 2005

Pillows provide comfort for breast cancer survivors

Joanne Fox, Soux City Journal, November 14, 2005
Maxine Polak and the Cancer Sewing Group at Westlawn Presbyterian Church in Dakota Dunes, Iowa work to alleviate the discomfort experienced by breast cancer patients. Last year, the American Cancer Society's Midwest Division recognized the church with the Survivorship Initiatives Volunteer of the Year for providing special pillows for breast cancer patients. The pattern, a 12-inch, half-moon piece of cardboard is placed on folded, cotton material. Helpers will stuff the pillow with cut-up pieces of pantyhose or nylons. "Batting doesn't do as well," Polak confessed of the material typically found in quilts. "You need that firmness that only comes with the pantyhose."...

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