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Local Sewing Club Donates Pillows and Caps to Fox Chase Cancer Center; Rip Stitchers Delivery "Makes a Difference"

PHILADELPHIA (January 11, 2002) -- The Rip Stitchers of Delaware, a neighborhood group of the American Sewing Guild, delivered 205 handmade pillowcases and 22 caps to patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The pillowcases add a loving touch to the pillow a woman uses to elevate her arm(s) after breast cancer surgery, which is recommended to reduce swelling. The caps are given to men and women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Earlier this year, the Rip Stitchers donated an additional 236 pillowcases.

"This project has been a true labor of love and we hope the patients feel the love through our gift of sewing," said Jane Lownes Shea of West Chester (left in photo with husband Marty). "As of today, we already have two bags of donated fabric to continue making the pillowcases and caps."

The Rip Stitchers work on the pillowcases and caps all year. Since it started in late 1994, the Rip Stitchers has donated 876 items such as sleeping "dreambags," jackets, stuffed bears, mittens, blankets and preemie gowns to area hospitals and organizations. Members of the Brandywine Valley Quilters collaborated on the Fox Chase project.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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