Annie Walton provides comfort for kids with cancer 

          Seneca Valley High School student Annie Walton, 18, is dedicated to her Comfort for Cancer senior project.  She has been making no-sew-tie blankets for young cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.          Thanks to the generous donations that her project has received, Annie has created 83 blankets that will be delivered to these hospitalized kids.  When she started crafting the blankets, her goal was to make 50; she has more than surpassed it. “When I first started, it would take about an hour each. As I made more and got the hang of cutting and tying them, I was able to make them within just 18-25 minutes. It’s still mind-blowing for me knowing that I was able to make so many more blankets than my goal, and I am so thankful,” Annie said. 

         enjoy volunteering and community involvement, so I knew that I wanted to do something impactful for my project. I thought it would be a unique idea to make blankets for patients to receive as a comfort object during their time in the hospital to let them know people are thinking of them. It can be scary and intimidating being away from the comfort of your own home, and I thought that making blankets for patients could bring some of that back to them. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to honor my father’s brother, Christopher Walton, who passed away at the age of eight during his battle with leukemia.          

         In addition to making the blankets, Annie is also involved at her school. I am one of three captains of the Seneca Valley Pom-Pom squad, participate in Seneca Valley’s All-School Musicals and am a member of National Honors Society. I also am involved in clubs such as Starts with Soap, S.P.A.R.K (spreading positivity and reinforcing kindness), Teens for Tots, and Oasis-Christian Fellowship Club,” Annie said. 

         She also does outsideofschool activities. “I dance competitively at Intensity Dance Academy and volunteer as an assistant teacher for the younger recreational dancers. I also am a letter writer with an organization called The Letter Project,” Annie said.           

          In the fall, she will be attending the University of Kentucky to major in family sciences and minor in dance.  After school, she hopes to become a Child Life Specialist.  Annie would like to continue to dance.  She resides in Cranberry Township with her parents Deb and Greg Walton and her siblings, Zoe, 15, and Frankie, 14My sister was a huge help in assisting me with some blankets and got my mom to help with a few too. I even was able to get my dad and brother to help with one,” said Annie.   

          Annie recently completed her Senior Project and the blankets have been delivered! 

 By Paula Green