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Covers of Comfort helps cancer patients in Dubuque

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Several people gathered at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds on Sunday to help a Dubuque Senior High School junior create fleece blankets.

Alex Waller originally began making fleece blankets for her family.

"Every Christmas, I make fleece blankets for everyone in my family," Waller said. "After everyone got one, I realized that I needed to do something else. I really like making fleece blankets, but there was no one else to give them to. So I decided that I was going to find an organization to send them to."

Waller found Covers of Comfort, an organization started by a mother and daughter to comfort cancer patients.

In 2005, Cindy Widmar's daughter Katie was diagnosed with cancer. She was 18 years old.

Katie underwent chemotherapy in Iowa City, and would come home and comfort herself in a blanket. In 2006, she was cleared for cancer.

Widmar and her mother created Covers of Comfort as a way to comfort all those affected by cancer, so they would have the same comfort of a blanket Widmar had.

On Sunday, many joined Waller in creating more fleece blankets for Covers of Comfort.

Last year, Waller donated 50 blankets to the organization. She hopes to donate 70 this year.

During Sunday's event, Waller and others were able to make 59 blankets for Covers of Comfort. Those blankets will be given to all those affected by cancer at Northwestern Prentice Hospital in Chicago, Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque and Iowa City Hospital.

Along with Covers for Comfort, Waller also created an organization called Knots of Love. Knots of Love allows senior citizens who don't often get visitors a blanket of comfort as well.

For more information about Covers of Comfort, click here.

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