Members of the Buena Vista 4-H Club dropped off 150 port pillows Friday
afternoon to the Cancer Resource Center at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System. Buena Vista 4-H members from Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties
donated their time and talents to sew and package colorful port pillows
for people battling cancer.
“Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is grateful to the 4H
members who are supporting our cancer care team and patients with this
thoughtful gift,” says Flora Cavalli, Certified Cancer Registrar
Oncology Department. “These port pillows will brighten the day of
patients undergoing chemotherapy. Not only will they be a medical comfort
to them, our patients will know they were made by caring young people
in our community.”
People getting chemotherapy often get a port cath to help facilitate receiving
the medication instead of getting an IV line inserted every appointment.
The small port placed in the skin can be uncomfortable when a seatbelt
rubs against it. The handmade port pillows attach to a car seatbelt to
protect the port from being irritated. The instructions for the pillows
come in English and Spanish.
“We enjoy sewing and donating these port pillows,”says Abby
Hattrup a Buena Vista 4-H Club member. “We know people battling
cancer are going through a tough time and our goal is to make them a little
bit more comfortable in the car and to hopefully make them smile.”
4-H stands for Head, Hands, Heart, Health. The Buena Vista 4-H Club members
lived out all of those key values with this important statewide project.