Pillows For Cancer Patients Stitched with Love
Evelyn Carle said she was done sewing.
Needle and thread had been a part of Carle’s life for as long as she could remember. As a girl growing up in Iowa, she helped her mother make braided rugs. During World War II, she and her sister knitted caps and scarves for servicemen. And when her daughter walked the stage at graduation, she was wearing a dress Carle made.
But about seven years ago, Carle, then in her 80s, was in poor health. She had bronchitis. She fell often. When her daughter, Rhonda Sell, visited, she found her mother covered in bruises.
Since 2011, Carle has been stitching and stuffing pink heart-shaped pillows for breast cancer patients in Omaha and Fremont. They’re given out free of charge to patients at three health clinics around the region, each with a pink note bearing Carle’s name. Patients at Methodist are among those on the receiving end of Evelyn's work.