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Macon organizations team up to donate blankets to cancer patients

Some local cancer patients are getting a warm gift to help them get through a tough treatment.

MACON, Ga. — The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Subaru of Macon teamed up to deliver 70 blankets along with messages of hope to the Medical Center, Navicent Health's Peyton Anderson Cancer Center Wednesday morning.

The two organizations also donated arts and crafts kits for children who are battling cancer or have a loved one in treatment. 

Credit: Ashlyn Webb

Tricia Hernandez of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society knows the struggles of Leukemia firsthand. She's a survivor and went through effusion treatment nearly every two weeks when she was battling the disease. 

Hernandez said these blankets give warmth and love to cancer patients.

"I was freezing every time I was in the effusion room and even in between, so to have a blanket, it gives you such warmth to wrap yourself in during such a difficult time," Hernandez said. 

Dr. Paul Dale, the medical director of the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, said these blankets give the patients something to hold onto and carry with them throughout their journey. 

He added that events like this are meant to celebrate their patients' lives and victories.

"Any celebration like this is very uplifting for a cancer patient's mind, their heart, and spirit. These events help their immune systems, and their immune system fights cancer," Dale said. 

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