Blanket making at Knots of Love Event

Adriana Briscoe, News Editor

When Lauren Graver, sister of sophomore Claire Graver, was first admitted to the hospital at age seven, she received a blanket.

“It made me feel at home, and that’s what I want for everyone else,” Graver said in an interview at Advocate’s Children’s Hospital, the hospital she was treated at.

The fifth annual Knots of Love event occurred on February 21 from 4-9 p.m in the cafeteria. Knots of Love is a community event in which people can come in and make and/or donate fleece tie blankets, which are sent to Advocate Children’s Hospital. This event is held in memory of Lauren Graver, who passed away at age 10 in December 2017 from rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that develops in the body’s soft tissues. 

According to Amy Graver, Lauren’s mom, Lauren went to Lions Park Elementary School, and when she was in second grade her teachers decided they should come up with a way to honor Lauren and give back to other sick kids. One teacher proposed the idea of a blanket-making event, since the blanket Lauren received at the hospital made her feel special.

However, there wasn’t enough room to hold the event at Lions Park, so Lauren’s parents got a hold of school psychologist Dr. Jay KypJohnson, who offered to hold the event at Prospect. 

According to both of Lauren’s parents, the event is a great way to get people in the community together.

“For me [my favorite part] is just working with people every year,” Dan Graver, Lauren’s dad, said. “There’s so many people that we didn’t know before that come to the event that wouldn’t know Lauren but heard the story.”

Additionally, this event helps Lauren accomplish a goal, according to Amy Graver.

“Lauren wanted to be the sick kid that helped other sick kids. It was one of her goals, and this just helps spread kindness,” Amy Graver said. “ …and she told us this was one of her favorite days of the year.”

After the second annual Knots of Love event in 2017, Lauren expressed this satisfaction towards the impact she was making:

“It feels incredible to know that I help make this many blankets and deliver them to all the kids in the hospital,” Graver said.