BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kim Pedersen was in shock when she was delivered the scary news she had breast cancer in April.
"You're delivered frightening news, you never expect to have that news delivered to you," said Pedersen.
During this tough time, a special present was delivered to Pedersen from a girl she's never met.
It was a fleece blanket to be used during her chemotherapy treatments. Attached to the blanket was a personal message from 16-year-old Madison Ridley.
"It was a complete surprise and such a lovely surprise that someone at such a young age would want to do something comforting for someone else," said Pedersen.
The Bakersfield High School junior came up with Maddie's Messages- Blankets for Patients over the summer when she attended Hugh O'Brian's Youth Leadership Camp.
"I came up with this project because cancer has touched a part of my life, so I thought I would give comfort to other cancer patients," said Ridley.
Ridley's grandmother Karla Anderson is a breast cancer survivor. Madison saw her receive a blanket during her treatment and got the idea to do the same. To make the blanket delivery even more special she attaches a personal note to the blanket.
"It's important to make it personal because you connect with the patient when you give it to them," said Ridley. "It’s not like tell me your story, it's I tell you my story."
Ridley, with the help of her grandmother has already made over 20 blankets she's delivered to family friends and local cancer centers. Ridley said her goal is to make 50 blankets.
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