PICC Covers Distributed to Young Oncology Patients

PICColina PICC Covers packaged and ready to go

Packs of handmade PICC covers were assembled for distribution to the children at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Palo Alto, California - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – Seeing the smiles on the faces of young cancer patients and sharing stories of the ups and downs of chemo treatments, Katie Murphy, of The PICColina Foundation, distributed her first assortment of colorful PICC covers to patients at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.

Hospital representatives greeted Katie, a recent “graduate” of their Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases, as she demonstrated her PICC covers. The debut of her creations brought smiles to patients, nurses and administrators alike.

Made of cotton and lycra, the washable covers are whimsical ways for children to personalize a very technical and essential part of their treatments. According to Katie, “being able to achieve a personal style when undergoing such a traumatic experience is such an important part of the recovery process”. The PICC covers allow children to express themselves with holiday motifs, popular cartoon characters, solid colors and even some sparkle. “Cancer does not distinguish between boys and girls, and hospital-issued covers are very generic,” says Katie. “Why not let children have a little fun while they’re going through chemotherapy?”

Katie will be returning to the Stanford facility before the beginning of the holiday season to make sure the children can celebrate in style.

The PICCOlina Foundation designs and provides, at no charge to the patient, attractive arm covers which effectively cover and protect PICC lines that pediatric oncology patients must have while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.