Support our Puffy Pillow Project

Post Operative Puffy Pillow Project

Our Postoperative Puffy Pillow Project (POPPP) has been initiated to distribute a comfort pillow, a drain bag pouch, and information about our organization to those who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

 

The pillow is given out at the time of breast cancer surgery at the Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, and Belleville General Hospital at NO COST

 

If you had surgery in Kingston or Belleville and you did not receive a pillow, call BCAK at 613.531.7912 and we will deliver a POPP package to you.

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About POPPP

This project began in 2005 and many breast cancer surgery patients have been comforted with these pillows since then.  

Patients who have undergone breast cancer surgery at any of our local hospitals are to be gifted a “pink bag” containing one of our pillow kits prior to discharge from the hospital. 

The kits consist of:

  • a welcome letter from a “breast cancer survivor friend”,

  • a small 12x12 soft pillow in an attractive slip cover,

  • a pink pouch for their drain bag,

  • a BCAK bookmark as a quick reference of our services and the Support Line number

  • other information about Breast Cancer Action Kingston (BCAK). 

The pillows are intended to provide a small measure of comfort to rest the affected arm after surgery, especially if there have been any lymph nodes removed. 

Also, the information in the kit is often the first time the patient learns of BCAK, who we are, what we do and what we have to offer.

A thank you is extended to:

  • the Nurse Navigators of the Breast Assessment Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital

  • the nurses at the EPAC and Phase II Units, also at Hotel Dieu

  • the nursing staff at Kingston General Hospital’s Same Day Admissions and Outpatients Units 

  • Belleville General Hospital - PACU/SSU/SDS and Oncology staff

  • Diane Molson and her daughter, Kim Molson-Moore for sewing the drain pouches

  • Marj Mason who makes the “pink ribbons” for BCAK. These pink ribbons are also tucked into the pillow kit. 

  • Willi Clark, Stephanie Turner, Angela Fleming, and Lucille Davies for sewing pillow covers 

  • those who have made a specific donation towards this project.

 In 2021, 81 pillow kits were delivered; 3 to KGH, and the rest to Hotel Dieu.

Donations of fabric are always gratefully received.  We prefer the material to be 100% cotton, with an attractive print.  Any size piece is appropriate provided it meets the minimum requirements for one pillow cover which is 30 inches by 15 inches (80cm by 40cm).  

If you are interested in donating fabric or putting your sewing expertise to work, please contact our office at 613-531-7912.