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Ola Chicas!

Baltimore has a tremendous tradition of giving and supporting those in need. Our Ravens organization follows that same tradition. I want to invite Ravens Chix to a wonderful charity event on Sunday April 10, 2011 from 1 – 4pm.

Blankets for Warriors, will host its first blanket making event at Mercy Medical Center in the new McAuley Room. You are welcome to participate in this volunteer project that will provide handmade fleece blankets to Mercy Medical Center’s cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The blanket program is organized by the family and friends of, Janine Tolley, who died in June 2010 at the age of 51 from cancer. Janine was an energetic, powerful and selfless fitness instructor who preferred to give rather than receive. During chemotherapy, she was given a handmade fleece blanket that became her constant companion during the balance of her treatments. The gift inspired Janine and she wanted to do the same for others.

Tragically, she passed away before she could organize the project. However, Janine’s friends and family have joined together to carry out her vision and ensure that her wish comes true.

“Janine touched so many lives in so many ways,” explains her dear friend Ruthie Lombardi. “She was an inspiration to her fitness clients; she was a caring friend and a loving wife, mother and daughter. It was no wonder that one of her final wishes was to make blankets to give other patients comfort. During her battle with cancer we often referred to her as our warrior. We organized Blankets for Warriors to show our love for Janine and pay it forward the way in which she led her life.”

On March 20, Fitness for Warriors, an all-day fitness fundraising event held at Bally’s Total Fitness in White Marsh raised over $7000 for Blankets for Warriors. The funds will be used to purchase storage bins, sewing supplies and blanket materials. The event was well received by our generous sponsors; Ciena, New Balance, White Marsh Health Care, Take Shape for Life, Mars Supermarkets,, Queensgate Dental, Tim’s Automotive, Mary Kay consultant Susan Johnson, Bagel Works, & Kim’s Nails and Spa. Blankets for Warriors is still seeking volunteers to help on Sunday, April 10th 1- 4pm @ Mercy Medical Center’s McAuley Room.

If you would like to participate please contact or visit Blankets for Warriors on Facebook. The Blanket for Warriors event is the first step to ensure that Janine’s positive energy, her love for fitness and desire to help others lives on.

The group has plans to start a non-profit in Janine’s name and add additional projects to provide other comfort items to patients and to develop other projects to enhance the health and wellness of others.

Hope to see you there Chicas!


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