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Covers of Comfort during Christmas

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- As we prepare to visit family this holiday, others are preparing to spend Christmas in the hospital. It's not exactly the most cheerful place but a mother daughter duo from Dubuque are making things a bit more comfortable.

To understand why the moon room at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is full of fleece blankets, you have to meet Katie Widmar.

"We just decided that so many people in our community were amazing to us and helped us out, that we had to give back," said Widmar.

Three years ago, just 20 days after her 18th birthday, Katie was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She spent six months at U of I, receiving treatments every other day. After treatment here she spend three months at Northwestern, getting a stem cell transplant. But everyday, of every month, she had a fleece blanket with her.

"I just took it with me all the time because I was always really cold," said Widmar.

Three years later Katie is healthy. And giving back what she's been given. After asking each cancer patient their favorite color, hobby and past time. She carefully picks a blanket for each; all donated and handmade in Dubuque.

"We have the perfect blanket for every single person," said Widmar.

Each made for someone in the same shoes as Katie; battling cancer from a hospital bed.

"This one's for you," said Widmar as she walked into Faye Bossman's room.

Bossman got a surprise visit Monday. She's in the hospital the week of Christmas for complications from chemo therapy.

"To know that you're not going through this alone. That god surrounds you with continue with people who know you and love you and want to help and understand," said Bossman.

As she sits in her hospital bed, with her daughter by her side, the comfort of her new blanket provides some peace.

"I'm just so grateful for this time of year for people to show their love for one another," said Bossman.

Love that, this Christmas, means sharing her story, inspiring fellow cancer patients and giving comfort to those spending Christmas here.

"It's that comfort and it's that soft and warm thing to snuggle up to. And know that there's other people out there that have gone through it and that are thinking about you that have survived and it's that warmth and that love," said Widmar.

The Widmar's plan to make the blanket giving an official non profit this year, calling it Covers of Comfort. By the way Katie is a student at Northwestern, majoring in interior design. She hopes her idea will spread across the country.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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