LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A group of Elgin knitters are doing their part to spread a little Christmas cheer to patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center.
The group, Book N Hookers, donated hand-knitted afghans to seven patients. The team of women said they came up with the idea in October to help keep the patients warm while they undergo hours of treatment, and they have been working on the blankets since.
A few of the ladies in the group have a personal connection to cancer. They say while these blankets will help keep the patients warm, it also serves as a reminder that they're not alone in their fight.
Megan Vanbuskirk is battling cervical cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past nine weeks. She says her new blanket will help keep her warm during her long and hard road to recovery.
"You can get nauseated or get dehydrated, chemo is like five hours, radiation is 15 min," Vanbuskirk said.
She says knowing that a group of strangers took the time to comfort her and so many others is incredibly touching.
"It's very sweet, it's very generous. We fight this and sometimes you get where you feel real discouraged and you feel alone. When they do things like this, it just gives us hope. It helps us understand that we are not alone and people do think about what we are going through," Vanbuskirk said.
Cindi Traci, one of the knitters in the group, says bringing comfort to people like Vanbuskirk is something she's happy to do.
"My mother passed away from cancer 16 years ago and I remember her always complaining about being cold. Some of these afghans are really bright, and we just want to not only provide them with warmth, but a feeling of coziness and brighten their day some," Traci said.
Vanbuskirk said Wednesday was her last day in treatment, and the surprise visit by the women was an added bonus. She says she looks forward to getting well and moving on with her life.
I have three kids, they're 18, 15 and 10. I'm getting married in May. So, I'm looking forward to all of that and I get to go back to work. I'm real excited about that," Vanbuskirk said.
The group says their work is not done just yet. They say they plan on knitting more afghans for the veterans at the Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans Center.