Young cancer victim's legacy lives on through chemo shirts

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 11:53 AM

PHOENIX -- The legacy of a young cancer victim lives on here in the Valley.

Twelve-year-old Amanda died this year after battling leukemia.

Her dream was to give back by creating comfortable T-shirts with zippers and pockets for equipment used during chemotherapy treatments.

The result is the ComfyCozy.

On Monday, Amanda's mother handed out 500 of the tie-dyed shirts Phoenix Children's Hospital and kids being treated there.

"Amanda had a dream about creating a T-shirt where they could go through the chemotherapy with a little more dignity and comfort," Lorraine Tallman said.

With the ComfyCozy, "they don't have to show their whole body, they have a little more control," she said.

The shirts provide access for the medical staff and still allow the child to be covered.

"They're easy to use and it's easy for the nurses and the people that have the cancer," said PCH patient Nicholas Floyd. "They don't have to lift the shirt up all the time so you don't have to worry about that."

Amanda's family is carrying on her legacy by designing and distributing ComfyCozys for Chemo shirts.

Amanda's family said the ultimate goal is that everyone fighting a life-threatening disease receives a ComfyCozy T-shirt free of charge.

"I promised her that her dream would live on and I would help every child going through chemotherapy and I'm going to keep that promise to my little girl," Tallman said.

For more information about ComfyCozys for Chemo, visit www.comfycozys.com or www.facebook.com/ComfycozysForChemo.

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