A Goodyear teen who, for years, has generously made blankets for kids in the hospital now needs your help to keep her mission going as she deals with her chronic illness.

McKenna Rodriguez has created nonprofit Blanket Hugs by stitching custom blankets for sick kids. She has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition affecting her joints. It’s caused her to put her passion on hold.

“When I sew, it hurts a lot so I can’t really do it,” says Rodriguez.

When the folks at Banner Thunderbird said they needed blankets for the child patients, Rodriguez didn’t want kids and teens just like her to go without a cozy blanket.

“A lot of people, when they're in the hospital, that’s like the worst time of their life,” says Rodriguez. “When you have something that's like your own that makes it like home.”

That’s why Rodriguez decided to launch a blanket drive. Her goal is to collect at least 50 blankets in the next few weeks. Anyone willing to help her out is encouraged to message her Facebook page.

While Rodriguez has had some tough days, she knows her work is making an impact.

“I’m either going to be in bed sick or I can go and do something while feeling sick,” says Rodriguez. “I’d rather go out and do something.”

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