Connecticut Children's Medical Center

7-year-old girl collects blankets for pediatric patients

Bianca Mollica, 7, knows how cold it can get at Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

To combat the chill, Bianca is collecting new or recently made blankets and hats to distribute at the hospital. The campaign is called Bianca's Bumblebees.

"Sometimes it can be cold in there and for kids with cancer, they lose their hair and their heads get cold," Bianca said. "That's what the hats are for."

For Bianca, the cause is personal. She was first admitted to Connecticut Children's when she was 3-weeks-old and has been a patient since she was diagnosed at 18 months with von Willebrand's disease, a lifelong bleeding disorder caused by low levels of...