Sitting in the waiting room before radiation therapy can be scary, often bringing a harsh new meaning to the reality of a diagnosis. Roswell Park’s Teresa Kishel, Senior Radiation Therapist, had an idea about how to help provide comfort to these patients: soft, colorful shawls.

“A patient came in a few years ago wearing a shawl,” explained Kishel. “I thought it was a good idea. This wrap covers them, offers them modesty and keeps them comfortable while wearing a gown with an open back against chairs that can be cold.”

Kishel began this endeavor four years ago and secured significantly reduced pricing through Etsy. A quality-of-life grant made possible by your donations is covering the cost.

Feedback has been both positive and grateful. Patients are offered their choice of colors and may keep the shawl if they like. The shawls are also available through the Resource Center for patients receiving chemotherapy.