‘Sew Up Cancer’ encourages cancer patients, survivors

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By Vanessa Poulson
For the Opelika
Observer

The Sew Up Cancer Group, a local organization dedicated to helping women facing cancer and radiation treatment feel comfortable and cared for, specializes in making underarm pillows and drainage tube aprons, along with baked goods and treats. The group continues to encourage women to get annual mammograms, as they could help save their lives.
Carla Humphrey, a member of the group, cites her own breast cancer diagnosis in January of this year, as well as her eventual double mastectomy in February, as reasons for why she wants to help other women avoid the difficulties that come with chemotherapy and later stage cancer diagnosis.
“I wanted to get the word out to other women just how important mammograms can be. Mine saved my life,” Humphrey said. “Because they caught my cancer so early, I did not require chemotherapy or radiation. I want to help other women avoid that as well. Our group’s hearts go out to those who do have chemo and radiation, so we sew gifts of love and encouragement to our friends there.”
This year, the group has “adopted” Northside Intermediate School and Beauregard Elementary School to promote awareness. The group is planning on meeting with teachers briefly before school to pass out informational materials and things to the teachers and other staff members one day during the month of October since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The team is baking, collecting literature, making posters and sewing sweet items from breast cancer awareness fabrics for the event.
For more information or to volunteer, visit blueberryhillsfarm.net.
The group is actively looking for new members.

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