A group of Towson students are starting a new club that will brighten the lives of cancer patients all over the area.
“Since beginning the club, You Got Mail, the goal has been to establish ourselves and make an impact on the community. It’s all about the patients,” said the club Vice President Maria Ritchie.
At each meeting, members write inspiring letters and craft for cancer patients. Once a good number of crafts are collected, a representative for the club will distribute them to hospitals in the area. So far the clubs’ president, Brittney Walker, has been in contact with Greater Baltimore Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Union Memorial Hospital.
“I volunteered in cancer centers my junior year of high school, so when my friend Brittney asked me to help her start You Got Mail, I couldn’t say no,” said Ritchie. “This is something I knew I had to get involved with.”
The club meets every other Thursday and each week they try a new craft. At their meeting on Sept. 25, bookmarks were made. The craft was chosen after Ritchie found research saying that reading is one of the biggest things cancer patients do during chemotherapy.
“Personally, I got involved because my aunt died from cancer. I know crafts helped her through her treatment and kept her occupied,” said club member Abby Cocceo.
“I got involved because I really wanted to encourage those suffering from different forms of cancer to keep fighting. I also wanted to bring hope to their diagnosis,” said another club member Jami Preston.
Each meeting is always open to anyone who wants to bring friends and craft. Since You Got Mail only consists of a few people, new members are always welcome. Walker and Ritchie are also thinking about teaming up with another cancer-oriented club on campus, TU Thinks Pink.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 9, in Patuxent Bistro inside the University Union. The meeting will start promptly at 6 p.m. The craft of the week will be inspirational quote jars.