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How To Make A Pillowcase For A Scared Child With Cancer

Updated on February 11, 2019
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Maren has been a caregiver to a family member with leukemia.

Even plain fabric with a border depicting a favorite interest can cheer up a pediatric cancer patient.
Even plain fabric with a border depicting a favorite interest can cheer up a pediatric cancer patient.

Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric cancer. These are two words which should never appear adjacent to each other. It gives me chills to think about it. While there are countless Children’s Hospitals and medical facilities to battle the cancer, there is a charity which helps boost the spirits of the pediatric patients and their families in an amazingly simple, yet enormously effective, way.

The Kerr Family

Once upon a time, a family had a boy with cancer. To cheer him up during his hospitalizations, his mom made unique silly pillowcases. It brightened his room and his spirits. So, his mom continued to make him pillowcases and started making them for other children at the hospital. This is how Ryan's Case for Smiles was born.

Crazy fabric combinations in individually-made pillowcases to appeal to pediatric patients.
Crazy fabric combinations in individually-made pillowcases to appeal to pediatric patients.

Cuddly, Small, Unique

How absolutely loving, cuddly, portable, and convenient a pillowcase is. Yet, it is a way for a patient to assert his or her individuality. It is a way to tell the world, “I am NOT just another patient. I am a lover of princesses (or the Eagles or dinosaurs or horses…)” Also, choosing a special pillowcase is a way for a child to control her environment somewhat – in a place where the patient and the family often feel utterly without power or knowledge. Hospitals can be scary. Having a distinctive pillowcase can be synonymous with stating, “I can make a decision and communicate who I am to hospital staff.”

Many Ways You Can Help

There are many ways for individuals to give to this cause. Donations of cash or fabric can be used. However, I feel that there is quite a real gift in the making of a pillowcase. The positive karma of touch – selecting the fabrics, cutting and piecing them together, washing and folding the finished pillowcase – there must be plenty of good energy in this. These are very caring acts. I believe that the love that goes into the making of a special pillowcase is felt by the wee recipient.

If you are a sewing person, there is a good chance that you have extra fabric in your possession. This extra fabric could morph into a very silly and special pillowcase. The exact dimensions for a pillowcase and drop-off locations are given at the website: Furthermore, many more details about the history and the accomplishments of this charity are found on the site. There are many worthy causes and no one can support all of them. However, please take a look at this one and consider becoming involved.

Boys, girls, middle-schoolers, teens, and tots all could use a unique pillowcase of comfort.
Boys, girls, middle-schoolers, teens, and tots all could use a unique pillowcase of comfort.

Yes, You Can

Even if you are not a "sewing person," you can team up with one. Scour shops for silly fabric. Help with the measuring and cutting. Or, help with the delivery. You will gain from participating.

© 2009 Maren Elizabeth Morgan


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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nedra, there are 9 sites in Toledo which accept pillowcasses. Please visit the charity's website at and click on Toledo. Thanks for your gift of talent, materials, and love. Bless you.

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      2 years ago

      Please let me know where I can drop off pillowcases in the Toledo,

      Ohio area.

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      10 years ago


      Only recently came across this cause whilst looking for something else. I have contacted Cindy Kerr and will be busy sewing pillowcases with fellow helpers to help this worthy cause for sick children. If I can raise a smile on a sick childs face with a pillow then hey I will get sewing. Thanks for sharing this post.


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