Group Delivers Special Hearts to Cancer Patients

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CLEVELAND — It’s a cancer that affects millions of men and women around the world.

Friday, a group of women made a special delivery to comfort survivors of breast cancer.

Volunteers at the National Council of Jewish Women and the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple brought heart-shaped pillows to the Cleveland Clinic Friday morning.

The groups made about 100 pillows for patients, and the shapes of the pillows weren’t just a tribute to Valentine’s Day.

“The purpose is after breast cancer surgery, we need to support our underarm, and we also need to, when we’re in a car, protect our operative site,” said Karen Snyder, a nurse and breast cancer survivor. “They didn’t have these when I was going through mine almost five years ago, but this would’ve been so helpful for me, and it would’ve shown me that somebody cared, and it would have given me some comfort because it’s a very scary journey that you go through. “

Volunteers said the pillows are a part of a long-term project. They will continue to make pillows for survivors like Karen.

“If I was going through it right now, this would bring me to tears,” said Snyder, “because we as women are used to being the caregivers and we’re not used to asking for help and we don’t like to be weak. Just having somebody be so generous and it’s just beyond words.”