Vail Valley nurses make caps for cancer patients |

Vail Valley nurses make caps for cancer patients

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – A group of nurses from Vail Valley Medical Center have made Comfort Caps – re-wearable, colorful cloth caps – for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Caps will be distributed to patients at the hospital and the nurses plan to continue making caps to distribute to patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Comfort Caps is a locally inspired project. Nurse April Gabriel s the founder of the Comfort Caps project. For the past 20 years, she’s been making the surgical caps for operating room staff as a hobby. Nurse Helen Beckwith suggested to Gabriel that the caps be made and given to patients at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

“I can’t believe no one thought of this before,” says Rae Madison, a Shaw patient who has three Comfort Caps of her own. “I don’t like going out without a hat, but with these caps people don’t know I’m going through chemo. They just think I’m wearing a fun hat.”

A group of volunteers hosted a sewing party where they made 50 Comfort Caps. Among the volunteers were Gabriel, Beckwith, Carmen Galinat, Jessica Ahrens, Don Foster, Kenneth Gabriel, Edith Silva, Sharon Granzo, Marvin Sleeper, Amy Gebers and Susan Johnson. The group plans to have another event in the near future to sew more caps.

“The biggest gift was for everyone to come together on this,” April Gabriel says. “It’s our way to help make the treatment process a little more comforting. We put cards on every cap with a quote we found that says, ‘We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.’ This is our way of helping to adjust the sails.”

The majority of the Comfort Caps made will be distributed to patients at the hospital and the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, but a portion of them will be for sale in the hospital’s gift shop.

For more information on Comfort Caps, contact April Gabriel at 720-261-8823.

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