Health Team

Woman makes pillows for children with cancer

Posted December 21, 2009 3:40 p.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2009 8:23 a.m. EST

— Ulla Blab stitches pillows for children at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

“In one pillow, I counted roughly about 2,000 stitches involved,” Blab said.

The idea began about eight years ago when Blab, 68, took her daughter-in-law, Laurie Blab, in for regular cancer treatments.

“Every time she came for treatment, we went by the children's section and she said, ‘One day, we've got to do something for those children,’” Blab said.

Laurie died of cancer in 2002, but her dream lives on. “I try to keep it going just for Laurie's sake,” Blab said.

The pillows go to children like Destiny Greer, who is being treated for leukemia, and her sister Katie.

“They take it and they hug it and it just makes their day a little brighter - just a tiny bit,” Blab said. “(It) makes my life. It really does.”

“As long as my fingers work, I will make those pillows or whatever else ideas I get,” she said.