Undergoing cancer treatment can be a long, emotionally draining process, and a gesture of support, even a small one, can make a big difference.

Recently, Kendall Subaru of Eugene and Subaru of Corvallis teamed up with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver blankets and art kits to support patients receiving treatment at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute’s Eugene and Corvallis clinics.

For Amy Newport, the community outreach manager for Kendall Auto Group, this delivery is not only significant—it’s personal. Last year, Amy’s best friend, Gina York, spent months undergoing chemotherapy at WVCI, and Amy was right by her side, helping to keep up her spirits.

“Cancer effects everybody in some way,” she says. “I saw firsthand how something as small as a blanket can have a big impact on someone.

“When Amy came to chemo with me each week, she made special signs to countdown to the end of my treatment. And on that final day, we had a grand finale party,” Gina says.

When Amy asked Gina if she’d like to help deliver the blankets and art kits to WVCI’s clinic in Eugene, she immediately said, ‘Yes!’

“Now that I’m done with my treatment, it makes me feel good that I can help give back to people who are experiencing what I went through. I’ve been in those shoes, and I know what it’s like,” Gina says. “When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s an overwhelming process. And when you’re receiving chemotherapy, you’re sitting there for 4-6 hours at a time. To have something that takes your mind off that, like a warm blanket or something to brighten your day, means a lot.”

This year, through a partnership of the Subaru Loves to Care Program and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, nearly 40,000 blankets and 7,700 art kits will be delivered to those fighting cancer in our local communities.

Messages of hope
In addition to the blankets and art kits, Kendall Subaru of Eugene is inviting people to stop by their dealership at 20 Coburg Road in Eugene and write a message of hope on specialized cards. The cards will be delivered to WVCI as one more way to provide hope and support to cancer patients in our community.