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Courtyard by Marriott Gives the “Gift of Warmth” to Marlborough Hospital Cancer Patients

Marlborough, MA – They are sometimes referred to as comforters, quilts or even duvets, but no matter what you call them, blankets are a source of warmth and comfort. And coming later this fall, patients receiving treatment at the new Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital will have the added comfort of hand-made blankets courtesy of the Courtyard by Marriott of Marlborough. In fact, as part of their recent lobby renovation celebration, the Courtyard by Marriott spearheaded a special build-a-blanket project.

“We invited the community ‘to help us tie up a few loose ends’ and celebrate the completion of our 2.2 million renovation,” explained Mary Simone, General Manager of the Marriott. “Each guest was asked to tie two knots on a blanket’s fringe: one for love and one for hope. With the cancer pavilion at Marlborough Hospital nearing completion, we wanted to make sure that our neighbors had a gift from the community and the Courtyard.”

The blankets were recently donated to the hospital at an informal get-together in the hospital’s new Cancer Center.

Cancer patient, Jean Francolini, was on hand for the presentation. “To know about cancer and to understand the needs of cancer patients is so very important,” she noted. “A lot of patients need that extra bit of comfort during treatment and these blankets are truly the perfect gesture.”

“A donation such as this is a very special one,” added Ellen Carlucci, Marlborough Hospital’s Vice President of Development, Marketing and Communications. “The Courtyard by Marriott as been a very good neighbor and a supportive community partner to the hospital over the years, and this is just another example of their generosity. We are thrilled to accept these blankets on behalf of our cancer patients. Keeping our patients comfortable during their treatment is a key part of the patient-centered care experience.”

The Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital— in partnership with the UMass Memorial Health Care Cancer Center of Excellence and the University of Massachusetts Medical School --will house medical oncology and radiation oncology services; highly trained, skilled cancer specialists; and will include a special space for a meditative Healing Garden. The completed center is slated to open in the fall of 2013.