Thanks to Aurora University students, patients at Rush Copley’s Cancer Care Center will have comforting, handmade blankets to help them through their treatments. Through a Project Linus event, students made and donated 107 blankets.
Project Linus is a not-for-profit organization that believes in providing security, love, warmth and comfort through blankets. Sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Project Linus event welcomed members of the Aurora University community to take part in the 90-minute blanket-making drive. Participants included the school’s athletic teams, athletic training students, athletic department staff, the physical education department, Aurora University community members and elementary school students from the Aurora University STEM program.
For the past few years, the university has donated these blankets to Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center for use by participants. Because Waterford programs are currently virtual, this year’s blankets will be used by patients at Rush Copley’s Cancer Care Center.
Blankets take anywhere from five to 15 minutes to make, depending on how many people are working together. The donated blankets were made at an event held in February of 2020, just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.