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OHTS CAD Students Make Pillows for SMH

The 7 CAD Fashion Design students at Oxford Hills Technical School made comfort pillows and donated them to the Women's Imaging Center/Reach for Recovery at Stephens Memorial Hospital.  The pillows were an end of the year project for first year students in the program and the brainchild of Lori Akerberg, Ed Tech/Teacher and a breast cancer survivor.

With the class fashion show over, Akerberg thought making pillows for SMH would be a nice project for students, both to bring breast cancer awareness to the students and also do something to benefit the community.  Of this idea, she stated, "This class is mostly young women.  This was a fun project that provided a service to the community but also brought awareness to this disease that some of the student might not have had."

Eileen Laliberte, RTRM, from the Women's Imaging Center and the Reach to Recovery representative at SMH and Tim Ingram, Director of Clinical Diagnostics went to the technical school to pick up the pillows and were very appreciative of the donation.  Laliberte plans to give these pillows out to patients for day use, and give a smaller pillow from the American Cancer Society for night time use.  The pillows the students made have a Velcro strap that can be put over the shoulder to hold it in place during activity.

Laliberte and Akerberg are already discussing plans for future classes to make more pillows for the hospital in an ongoing partnership.
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Photo Caption:  front l-r Mariah Kimball, Lindsay Fox, Emily Thomas, Aubrey Anderson, Rachel Strauss.
Back l-r: Nick Frank, Eileen Laliberte, Tim Ingram, and Lori Akerberg.  Absent:  Heather Olmstead.

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