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All Shades of Pink, a breast cancer survivor support group, donated a dozen of its signature blankets Jan. 16 to MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton.

MedStar Southern Maryland becomes the 11th hospital the group has adopted into its family of Wrapped in Comfort Blanket partner hospitals.

Founder and Executive Director Denice Whalen-White met with Gwen Johnson, executive director of MedStar Southern Maryland Imaging Center and MedStar Regional Breast Health Program and Dr. Katerina Tsiapali, the new site director of the MedStar Regional Breast Health Program.

Johnson and Tsiapali were both excited to receive the blankets and to begin to present them to their patients who will undergo breast cancer surgeries in the future, according to a news release from All Shades of Pink.

The hospital anticipates “establishing a long lasting partnership” with All Shades of Pink, Johnson said in the release.

All Shades of Pink is excited to add MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital to its hospital partners and continue to extend its reach throughout Prince George’s County and the Southern Maryland region.

The Wrapped in Comfort Blanket Program is the first of the group’s Pink Signature Initiatives.

Since March 2008, volunteers from all lifestyles have helped produce more than 2,500 blankets, which have been distributed to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients at area hospitals in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metropolitan areas.

“Having MedStar Southern Maryland join Doctors Community and Prince George’s Hospital, we now support all Prince George’s County hospitals that provide breast cancer surgeries or have a breast cancer program,” Whalen-White said in the release.

Johnson and Tsiapali presented All Shades of Pink a check for $876 in funds raised from a “wear pink” breast cancer awareness day in October.

To learn more about All Shades of Pink, go to www.asopinc.org or call 301-356-4688. The group is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/allshadesofpink.