Group Donates Quilts for Altoona Regional Cancer Patients

At the first quilt presentation are (from left) Todd Azeles, Anita Grimes, Theresa Leppert, Shirley Hoyne, Doris Caldwell and Angie Claar. (Provided photo)

ALTOONA – The Bonnie Hunter Club of Bedford donated 12 lap quilts to Tower 14 for patients who are receiving chemotherapy, with many more to come.

“Speaking for the staff and patients of the Medical/Oncology unit and the inpatient Hospice/Palliative Care Unit,” said Todd Azeles, nurse manager, “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Bonnie Hunter Club for the donation of these beautiful quilts.

“The staff will enjoy the opportunity to offer them to their patients and share in the appreciation and comfort they will bring. Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the treatment that at times can be life-altering is a challenging task for our patients and families. These quilts, and the caring involved in their creation, will provide our patients with warmth and a sense of the comforts of home during this difficult time.”

This group meets monthly on the second Monday to make quilts. In the quilting community, Bonnie Hunter is a well-known author and quilt teacher. She instructs others how to make quilts from the scrap material left over from other projects.

Members of this group include Doris Caldwell, Fae Kurtz, Jane Jakovac, Eunice Pile, Deb Clark, Heather Sipes, Bonnie Doran and Theresa Leppert, mother of employee Angie Claar, secretary of Infection, Prevention & Control, who served as liaison for the donation.

“We appreciate this thoughtful gift and the efforts of our employee Angie Claar, who advocated on behalf of our cancer patients,” said Shirley Hoyne of Altoona Regional’s Foundation for Life. “It is an example of how groups and individuals can assist in fulfilling patient needs or providing a caring touch by using their unique and diverse special talents.”

Wrapped in Love Foundation Inc. supplies the canvas carry totes for each quilt.

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