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Covers of Comfort

NBC 5 TV News

December 2011

Katie Widmar vividly remembers what it was like to feel bone-chilling cold every day due to the chemotherapy she was undergoing during her battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was only 18 years-old when she was informed that she had cancer. It was a scary and difficult diagnosis to endure, followed by chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. During that time, Katie had a fleece blanket that was provided comfort and a "touch of home" during treatments.

Katie recently celebrated her fifth anniversary of being cancer-free. At just 23 years old, she has been through more than most young women. She is thankful for her health and recognizes that the experience, no matter how difficult it was, also changed her life in positive ways by making her appreciate every day and inspiring her to give back to others.

Each December, around the anniversary of her diagnosis, Katie returns to the Lurie Cancer Center to visit with cancer patients undergoing treatment during the holidays at Northwestern Memorial's Prentice Women's Hospital. Katie and her mom Cindy deliver personalized blankets that she and others have created through Covers of Comfort, the non-profit organization they started. Wrapping others in 'comfort' and spreading hope has become a meaningful part of Katie's journey.

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(Last updated on June 24, 2013 )