Like many teenagers, Eve Korus, 17, has a lot on her plate. The Westport, Conn. high school senior keeps busy with homework, college planning, and soccer, but she still finds time to give back to the community — especially patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer.
On Aug. 30, patients and employees at the Jefferson Infusion Center in Center City, part of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, received a special visit from Eve and her “Wrapped in Love” organization, which Eve founded at just 16 years old.
She was inspired to create “Wrapped in Love” after several loved ones were diagnosed with cancer. She wrote on her organization’s website: “After spending some time with a family friend who recently underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer, I realized that there seemed to be an unserved need.”
That unserved need was headscarves. Hair loss can be a traumatic and devastating adverse effect of cancer treatment, especially for women. “Wrapped in Love” provides fashionable cotton headscarves for women of all ages to help them feel both comfortable and beautiful during their treatment. Eve presents patients with a selection of cotton, multicolored scarves — hand-selected by Eve herself — in a woven basket, and patients can select their favorite. On both the basket and each individual scarf, Eve includes her website address, email address, and information on how to donate to the organization.
Recently, she hosted a fundraiser at her local gym: a “boot camp” training session available for both members and non-members of the gym for a flat rate. All proceeds went directly to “Wrapped in Love” — around $600 in total. The money Eve generates from fundraisers helps her to buy more scarves and visit more centers around the country. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson was one of her most recent stops.
Eve is thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response “Wrapped in Love” has received from patients and their loved ones. “It’s a great way to give back to the community, but it’s also helped me grow as a person,” she shared.
To receive more information on the organization, contact Eve directly, or make a donation via her Go Fund Me page, visit the “Wrapped in Love” website at wrappedinlove.org.