A Message from WUIS Volunteer Eli Orkin

19 Dec

Eli Orkin, WUIS Volunteer:

As a former child leukemia patient who has been in remission for over twenty years, I am extremely aware of how various non-medical elements aided in my recovery. I was very lucky to have many close friends and family who loved and cared about me.

No matter how down I was or how melancholy my mood, I always looked forward to visits or cards from friends and classmates. I still have a book of cards that my classmates made, wishing me well. Another occasion I remember vividly was a day I was feeling particularly dejected, due to my medication and overall situation. A classmate brought me an adorable stuffed dog. I named him Hospibet because he made me feel better in the hospital.

Situations like mine validate how the quilts created by Wrapped-Up in sports are able to bring a smile to the face of any child whose condition is less than ideal. They not only deliver comfort, warmth, and a smile but they are wonderful mementos of the fact that there are people who care about their predicaments.

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