Cancer patients at WVU Medicine Camden Clark feel the warmth of Subaru Love to Care donations

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was the beneficiary of a program through Subaru of America and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

With Louis Thomas Subaru, the society on Thursday presented more than 80 blankets and 30 art kits as gestures of hope for cancer patients through the Subaru Love to Care initiative in June.

“As a business, we are afforded many opportunities to be involved in the community. Our Subaru Loves to Care partnership may be the most rewarding,” Lou Thomas, owner of Louis Thomas Subaru, said. “When we receive cards from people we have never met telling us how grateful they are for the blankets, knowing someone cares, is thinking of and praying for them, it makes us understand the importance of Subaru Loves to Care.”

The presentation was made on Thursday in a ceremony at the hospital. This is the third consecutive year for the program.

“We have been so lucky to have these blanket donations from Lou Thomas and his team at Thomas Subaru to provide to our patients for several years. Being able to hand our patients a warm blanket to keep with them through their treatments is just one way we help to provide added care and comfort during such a difficult time,” said Jo Hendershot, with the WVU Cancer Institute at Camden Clark. “I’ve been privileged to see the smile on their faces over the years, and I look forward to it again with this generous donation. We often have patients who have to bring their small children with them to their appointments and giving them an art box helps to keep them entertained and occupied. In a way, it provides a little distraction from the reason they are here.”

Cancer patients undergoing treatment at the WVU Cancer Institute at Camden Clark will receive these blankets provided by the Subaru Love to Care initiative. 

Children battling the disease will also receive arts and crafts kits.

During Subaru’s Loves to Care month in June, messages of hope for cancer patients were written by visitors to Louis Thomas Subaru in Parkersburg. Those who wrote a message also received a bracelet to help spread awareness of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the automaker’s goal to provide hope and care, one gesture at a time.

To learn more about Subaru Loves to Care, go to and follow #SubaruLovesToCare. To learn more about the Subaru Love Promise, go to

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a network of 56 chapters across the country. The voluntary cancer health agency specifically focused on finding cures and treatments for blood cancer patients, LLS supports hundreds of cancer scientists and research projects around the world.