Approaching a Michigan Mitten milestone
For the past 22 years, a small group of staff at the Rogel Cancer Center has worked annually to spread joy to adult cancer patients the week before the holidays.
The Michigan Mitten Project provides a handmade, oversized mitten filled with care items to adult chemotherapy patients who are receiving treatment over the winter holidays.
The past two years have provided multiple obstacles to achieving the goal of spreading joy to patients at the Rogel Cancer Center. Yet the Mitten committee pushes on, in hopes of bringing smiles to difficult times for so many.
Planning runs yearlong with phases for preparing and producing the mittens, ordering inventory and fundraising.
Upon arriving to treatment the week of Dec. 20, patients will be surprised with a Michigan Mitten. Rogel staff take pride in thinking about the joy brought to patients when they are given this unexpected gift.
Can you picture their smiles, as they pull item after item out of the mittens?
Together, with the generous support of donors and volunteers, more than 9,600 mittens have been handed out since the program’s inception. This December, the team will be handing out more than 550 mittens, one of which will be the 10,000th mitten to date!
More details about the project can be found here.