Wrapped In Presence | Supporting Patients One Handmade Blanket at a Time

Wrapped In Presence | Supporting Patients One Handmade Blanket at a Time

Abby Westerman | July 23, 2020

Presence comes in many forms

A life-threatening diagnosis turns life upside down. Patients need to feel connected to the world as they undergo treatment, and know that they are not facing the diagnosis alone. One effective way to achieve this is by providing items of comfort, a reminder of home, and a visual reminder of family, friends, or a community rooting for the patient to finish treatment.

 

Why is a blanket so special?

If you have ever spent much time in a hospital, you probably noticed it does not feel much like home. When 19-year-old Kirsten, the inspiration behind b-present, was diagnosed with leukemia on July 26, 2015, her treatment required her to be confined to a hospital room for seven months. During that time, we saw firsthand how a soft, colorful blanket could provide comfort, even when no one was nearby. Kirsten received her first blanket from her best friend, Kelly. Kirsten wore that blanket around her shoulders all the time. It was like getting a virtual hug from her BFF whenever she needed it. Kirsten was wrapped in Kelly’s presence.

 

Kirsten (left) and her best friend since first grade, Kelly (right)

 

How Wrapped in Presence works…

As we remember Kirsten on the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis, b-present has partnered with Fleece and Thank You, another young adult founded organization inspired by young adults with cancer, to create fleece blankets for children and young adults facing extended hospital stays. We’d love for you to join us!

Simply order your blanket making kits, make the blankets, and either drop them off or mail them to our San Diego location. Blanket makers record a video message that goes with the blanket to the patient, and the patient can send a return video message.

 

 

Whether you are a close friend or family member, or a member of the support community, your handmade fleece blanket and personalized video message ensures the patient is wrapped in presence during a difficult time.

  

 

Attend the virtual blanket making event

You can order your blanket making kits at any time, but we would love to have you join us for our Wrapped in Presence Virtual Blanket Making Event August 31st from 6-7:30 pm (PDT). Hosted by b-present and featuring a special appearance by Fleece and Thank You CEO Nicholas Kristock, we have some special fun in store for this event. If you are interested in joining us, RSVP here to receive more info and a link to the event.  

If you want to participate in a virtual event, but can’t make the August 26th date, let us know. We will keep you posted on any future Wrapped in Presence community events. 

 

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