Bethel’s Cross Country Quilters deliver ‘HUGs’ to cancer center

NORWAY– The Cross Country Quilters of Bethel recently presented the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine with 10 HUGs — quilted shawls designed especially for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Each HUG is unique and all have inside pockets and warm linings, which will keep a patient warm during the many hours that chemotherapy often requires.
According to Jo-Ann Korhonen, both a member of the Cross Country Quilters and a certified reflexology practitioner participating in the center’s free therapy program, “Many in our quilting group have experienced the loss of a loved one due to cancer. One our members, Donna Gillis, also teaches sewing at the Bethel Historical Society and has been instrumental in involving others in the local community in making HUGs, either by sewing or donating fabric. We are all happy to be able to use our talents to create and provide HUGs to individuals undergoing cancer treatment and want them to know we are thinking of them and wishing them well.”
The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine is at 199 Main St., in the Stephens Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic building.
For more information, visit, find the center on Facebook or call 207-890-0329.
PHOTO: Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine Director Diane Madden; Cross Country Quilters Joan Westfall, Ellen DeMaio and Jo-Ann Korhonen; SMH oncology nurse navigator Jean Rosato. (Submitted photo)