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Woman’s Cancer Treatment Inspires Hug Wrap

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Treatment for cancer can be a cold, lonely experience. It's one that forces some to check their dignity at the door.

Now one local woman has made it her life's mission to make sure you that while you can't necessarily control cancer, you can always control what you wear to beat it.

With her foot on the pedal, Brenda Jones is hard at work making sure others with cancer don't have the same experience she did.

"You're treated, at least I was, like a patient on a conveyer belt," Jones said.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2008. She started treatment early the next year but it didn't go well.

"I was the angriest cancer patient you never want to meet," Jones said.

She walked into treatment and a nurse told her to go get a hospital gown. She would be wearing one for at least the next seven weeks.

"I walked over and opened up that door and saw three of the most hideous stacks of itchy, thin, degrading hospital gowns and that's when I lost it," Jones said.

She had what she now describes as her "Vera Wang" moment. Instead of one of those gowns, she wanted something soft, comfortable and warm. She wanted something that didn't make her look like a patient. Something louder than cancer, a "something" she now calls a Hug Wrap.

Mary Carty began treatment for breast cancer in 2012. It was the night before one of her first treatments that she got her Hug Wrap.

"I know that when Brenda sews these, there's a lot of love going through it," Mary said. "It meant so much to be able to get this."

Not only because she didn't have to wear a hospital gown, but also, because Brenda takes the time to make sure that every Hug Wrap is tailored to exactly what that person needs.

It's not limited to colors or patterns each Hug Wrap, for man, woman, or child is designed specifically for the type of treatment they will undergo.

"When breast cancer patients go for radiation, they are allowed to leave on their pants, so wraps for people dealing with breast cancer are a little bit shorter," Jones said.

Every detail stitched with one thought mind summed up when Mary reads the personal note from Brenda that comes with every loving delivery.

"It helps give them back their dignity during difficult treatments and makes them feel more like a person and less like a patient," Jones said.

Brenda had made nearly 1,000 hug wraps and sent them to people as far away as Australia. In fact, she just returned from hand-delivering a huge order to a cancer treatment center in Erie, Pennsylvania.

At this time, Brenda and Mary don't have any signs of the disease.

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