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Published on July 20, 2022

Dahl Subaru donates blankets to Gundersen oncology patients

Representatives of Dahl Subaru in La Crosse arrived at Gundersen’s oncology department on July 19 bearing gifts for those going through cancer treatments.

In conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and through the Subaru Loves to Care program, Dahl employees delivered 80 blankets, 10 craft kits for children and dozens of handmade get-well cards for people who were receiving chemotherapy that afternoon. They made their way around the lobby and into treatment rooms, dropping blankets and well wishes to patients who were thankful for the unexpected surprise.

This is the seventh year Dahl Subaru has handed out blankets at Gundersen, but it’s the first time they’ve done so in person since 2019 due to Covid restrictions the past two years. Tony Benson, sales manager at Dahl Subaru, said it’s nice to be able to come back and visit in person again.

“It’s just to give them that warm feeling that someone’s thinking of them outside these walls and outside of their family,” he said. “We’ve been able to help in the community, but we haven’t been able to be here in person. It really was impactful when we walked through in 2019 to see peoples’ faces when we handed out the blankets and craft kits to the kids.”

Benson said seeing patients and talking with them is both fulfilling and humbling. Giving a blanket and a card is a small gesture, but it could have a big impact for someone who might need a dose of kindness at that moment.

“It makes me feel great inside, knowing that just these little things can help somebody,” Benson said.

And they do help, said Ben Parsons, MD, medical oncology.

“Any support that patients can receive while going through cancer is always appreciated,” Dr. Parsons said. “There’s nothing like having a nice blanket to wrap up in when you’re getting the chills from an infusion or some other issue while you’re going through cancer treatments, so these kinds of gestures are well appreciated.”

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