Yellow Blankets of Comfort and Love
Organized by: Ticia Berg Jeremy Scott
Laura Harbour Scott passed away from metastatic breast cancer after a 5 year courageous battle at the age of 38 on March 3, 2015 leaving behind her husband, Jeremy, their 2 young girls, Lauren (9) and Claire (7), mother, father, sister, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and countless aunts, uncles and friends. Laura was a fearless warrior and her positive spirit touched everyone she came in contact with.
Jeremy, my mom and I had each said that we wanted to do something that Lauren and Claire could participate in annually to honor their mother. We didn't want to collect donations for a non-profit but actually do something. This is when the yellow blanket campaign came to mind. We were inspired from heaven - yellow was Laura's favorite color. We remember sitting with Laura in the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer infusion center during one of her treatments and it was chilly - and we weren't the one receiving fluids into out bodies - which makes you even colder. What better way to honor Laura's compassionate, loving, hopeful nature than to provide comfort to those undergoing chemo and treatments at Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center with a yellow blanket.
In 2016, we had a goal of 100 yellow blankets - thinking at $10 each that it was a reasonable goal. However, within only 5 days we had received nearly 400 yellow blanket donations and 12 days later we had over 1,000 blankets to donate.
We had friends emailing us that they sent blankets for Lombardi and then sent yellow blankets to friends who are undergoing chemo treatments in various states. This idea is growing into something that we only dreamed it would and it's all thanks to the extreme generosity of our family and friends. People who didn't know Laura have donated saying that they are inspired by her strength and compassion. Laura gave hope to everyone.
On the two year anniversary of her passing, in memory of Laura - Jeremy, Lauren, Claire, my mom and dad, Scott and I are going to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer infusion center to pass out yellow blankets to the patients. Each blanket has a tag that we applied stating: "With faith, hope and love, The family and friends of Laura Harbour Scott." We pray that Laura's strength and compassion will provide hope and comfort to all who receive one.
This is a second annual event and our intention over the upcoming year is to develop a 501(c)(3) and a website dedicated to the Yellow Blanket mission. Our family would like to see this become a larger annual initiative reaching beyond the DC area. Laura may be an angel in heaven but her spirit is still very much alive. Your donation here will purchase a yellow blanket (or 10!). Thank you for your generous donation!