Ardis Young and the Healing Hugs Quilters have given more than 100 handmade quilts to Georgia Cancer Specialists patients. Young, a retired nurse, started giving quilts she had made to friends to keep them warm during chemotherapy treatment.
When she founded the Healing Hugs Quilt Ministry—a group spanning all age groups that meets once a month at the First Baptist Church of Covington—she thought the quilts made during their meetings would bring comfort and hope to cancer patients.
Different members of the group do each quilt in phases, and when finished, each quilt is washed and prepared as a gift for a cancer patient. The group delivers many of their quilts to patients at the GCS-Rockdale office.
One GCS patient who received a quilt from the group had it and the accompanying note framed. It now hangs in the GCS-Rockdale office as a gift to share with all the staff and patients who come into the facility.
Anyone who would like to donate quilting fabric to the Healing Hugs ministry is asked to call Young at 770-786-4107. Those who would like to make a monetary donation may do so by making checks payable to Healing Hugs Quilt Ministry, First Baptist Church, 1139 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014.
Georgia Cancer Specialists is a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S. and a leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The practice supports more than 200,000 patient visits each year. GCS offers community-based medical oncology and hematology services and is the first private oncology practice to also provide a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including wellness counseling and home health coordination. The GCS research department, whose focus is bringing targeted cancer therapy to communities, is the first in Georgia to offer Phase I clinical trials, the most novel cancer therapies available. GCS has 28 offices, 44 physicians, and more than 500 support staff members located in Metro Atlanta, and North and Central Georgia. Georgia Cancer Specialists can be found on the web at www.gacancer.com GCS is The Cancer Answer.