‘Loves to Care’ program donates blankets, offers support to Lowcountry cancer patients

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) – One Lowcountry car dealership is partnering with the community to offer patients battling cancer a little comfort and hope.

A warm blanket and a quick note to warm the heart — that’s the goal of Peacock Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society’s “Loves to Care program”.

“It’s not something where we are trying to sell anything or you don’t have to buy anything from us,” explained Ken Kirby, General Manager of Peacock Subaru. “It’s a way we can do this for somebody and make someone’s day a little easier

Cancer patients are given short notes written by customers or people who stop by the dealership to show some love, some happiness in the face of a deadly disease. They also give them a blanket. A little bit of comfort in a cold infusion room.

“Every time somebody says get better it helps a little but it helps with the attitude. it can get a little depressing being bogged down with an illness,” said Judy Movshin, a cancer patient.

“Going through treatment it’s important to have support,” said Nancy Johnson, Administrator of the Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion. “Whether its people or encouragement or services we offer. That’s part of the whole treatment.”

“When you are in that position laying there getting chemotherapy or getting radiation it’s not a position that has a lot of hope to it,” says Kirby. “So to be able to give someone a blanket with something positive written on it by someone they have no idea who it is is really nice for the community.”

Community members like Margaret Miller, AKA “M&M”, who is hopefully on the good side of treatment herself, but knows she is definitely not alone.

“It makes you know that you are going to be around and that you are going to survive this and that you are a fighter and you are going to have to be here to help somebody else,” said Miller. “That I’m needed and that really gives me the strength I need to pass it on, pass it forward.”

This is the 4th year for the “Loves to Care” campaign. In all, 800 blankets and notes were handed out on Tuesday.

Nationwide, more than 500 dealerships are doing their part. Helping give a little joy to more than 100,000 patients in 500 hospitals around the country.

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