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Progress, Fall 2004

Unsung Heroes

The Warm Fuzzies Program

In 2001, a local Girl Scout troop looking for a community service project heard about the need for blankets to help keep patients at the U-M Cancer Center warm during chemotherapy.Word spread to other troops about the blankets, which the troop leader called “Warm Fuzzies.” The name stuck, and soon hundreds of colorful fleece blankets were pouring in.

Response to the blankets was so, well, warm, that the idea was developed as a full-fledged initiative – the Warm Fuzzies Program. The goal of the program is to have everyone benefit from giving and receiving something from the heart, by providing a Warm Fuzzie blanket to every patient at the Cancer Center who undergoe chemotherapy, cancer surgery or hospitalization.

Here’s your chance to be a hero:

Make a blanket yourself, or get your organization involved and make a whole bunch. Easy-to-follow instructions and a supply list are found on our website.

Donate fleece or funds to help an organization make Warm Fuzzies. Contact the Cancer Center’s Community Resource Program Coordinator at 734-936-8307 for all the details.


Diane Gould spent nearly twenty years as a registered nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital, retiring in 2002. She's now a valued volunteer at the U-M Cancer Center

“Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and underwent chemotherapy as part of my treatment. My cancer returned in 2003, and I returned again to the infusion area. Remembering that first experience, and how very cold I got during chemo, I told myself, ‘this time I’m going to ask for a blanket.’ Before I could, they handed me a Warm Fuzzie. I was so moved by the fact that somebody was thinking of me and knew what I was going through. I took that blanket home with me. Every time I look at it or use it I always remember the time, love and good wishes that went into it."

"In everyone’s life there comes a point when they will have a need, and they will have to accept help.As a nurse, that wasn’t easy for me.The volunteers who make these blankets, especially the young people, have the opportunity to see a need and fill it with kindness and generosity.That’s an important lesson to learn these days.That’s what makes this program so wonderful.”

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