Oklahoma students create and donate port pillows for cancer patients

Oklahoma students create and donate port pillows for cancer patients
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Students from Bluejacket Public schools in Oklahoma create and donate port pillows to cancer patients.

Each year, Maxanne Kline, a Bluejacket Public Schools teacher, encourages her teenage students to take part in different service projects.

Kline’s class previously donated port pillows and baby burp cloths to Freeman Health System in 2020.

This year, Kline renewed her class project to inspire students to make port pillows for cancer patients. A port is a small, implantable reservoir with a thin tube that attaches to a vein to reduce the number of needle sticks for patients receiving chemotherapy.

Brook Moss, one of Kline’s students, revived the project as part of a contest for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Moss is investigating a career of her choice and is compiling a portfolio of the pillow project. Five students started the sewing project, but word spread around the school and now others have joined the effort.