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Letters aim to aid breast cancer patients

Women going through breast cancer treatments will be getting some uplifting messages and well wishes from Carroll County residents thanks to a letter-writing campaign held at the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

Girls Love Mail, a California-based organization, encourages people around the country to write letters to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Locally, a letter-writing station has been set up at the Finksburg library to encourage people to participate in the campaign, although letters don't have to be written there to be submitted.


Children are being encouraged to participate in the campaign through a story time and letter-writing event Oct. 20, said Darrell Robertson, the children services supervisor at the branch. The story time, Robertson said, will focus on being sick and the important people who care for those who are ill.

Following the story time, kids will have a chance to write letters to cancer patients to be distributed through cancer centers, doctor's offices and programs around the country.


"It's hard for a child to understand how cancer can impact a family," Robertson said. "It's a very tough time for people when they are undergoing breast cancer treatments. Receiving a letter might lift their spirits just a little bit more in a time when they need it."

The story time event is great because it gives kids the opportunity to write a letter or, if they can't write, decorate a letter that will brighten someone's day, said Stephanie Zinger, communications specialist with the library system.

"I think it's amazing," Zinger said.

According to the Girls Love Mail website, the organization has collected more than 10,500 letters for breast cancer patients. Letters have been sent to the organization from more than 200 cities.

Kids and adults have already stopped by with letters to be sent out.

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More are going to the library to hand-write the letters and decorate them with the supplies provided by the branch, Robertson said.

"It's the personal touch element that made this campaign stand out to us," Robertson said. "We have people going through breast cancer treatments in our area and I'm sure they would love to receive a handwritten letter."

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If you go

What: Girls Love Mail storytime and letter-writing event

When: 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20

Where: Finksburg library, 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg