Intermediate School Essay Winner

by Kyra Fischer

Meghan Vizzard is a 14 year old Mount Laurel resident.  In 2011, her cousin Katie was diagnosed with cancer.  Meghan wanted to do something to comfort her cousin and ease her pain while undergoing chemo, and decided to send her a handmade fleece blanket.  Her cousin received many compliments on her blanket by other chemo patients.  Chemotherapy is a type of treatment that cancer patients get.  During chemo, patients feel very cold and are stuck in the hospital.  Meghan, with her giving spirit, thought it would be great to try to ease the pain and suffering of cancer patients by making blankets and sending them to chemo patients all over the country.  Through this, Cozies 4 Chemo was born.  This organization, founded by Meghan, makes hand-tied fleece blankets for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.  In a little more than two years, the organization has made over 1500 blankets.  This charity has held fundraisers which help raise money for supplies to make the blankets, and include a car wash, a charity run/walk, and bowling nights.  Meghan also talks to school groups, like the Circle Of Giving, and Girl Scout/Brownie Troops, and gets them involved in making blankets.  Meghan organized an MLK day of service this year and over 175 people from the community came together and made 183 blankets.  Meghan is an inspiration to me and many other young girls in Mount Laurel.  Her selfless, giving spirit is why I chose to nominate her for the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

For more information www.cozies4chemo.org. Also, check them out on Facebook: Cozies4Chemo