Drew Memorial Hospital is challenging Southeast Arkansas residents to support local cancer patients by creating port pillows.

Staff were inspired by the founder of portpillows.com, Amanda Rosen, who realized patients receiving cancer treatment often avoided wearing seatbelts properly because of the discomfort caused by their ports rubbing against the seatbelt.

Individuals and groups around the area are encouraged to sew port pillows for their neighbors using the easy-to-follow instructions. Drew Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Care Center sees an average of 10-11 patients each week, and the collected port pillows will be distributed to any patients whose treatment ports cause discomfort while driving.

To learn more about the nationwide Port Pillows project which inspired the local challenge, or to view the free pattern for sewing your own port pillows, visit PortPillows.com. Donations of completed port pillows can be made at the DMH Cancer Center from now until August 19.

For more information contact Cancer Center director Lauren Case at 870-460-3507.