• Local nurse makes fleece blankets for babies while recovering from cancer

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A local nurse is providing special gifts for babies at Mount Auburn Hospital this holiday season - while she works on healing.

    Trish White is a maternity nurse at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

    She was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer this summer.

    "I left here Aug. 31," White said. "I work the evening shift, so I left at 11:30 at night with a terrible headache."

    White underwent brain surgery, and was home four weeks later. 

    But she was having trouble speaking, walking, and doing daily tasks. 

    That's when her friend, Jane Dubrule, thought of a way to help her regain her physical strength - and lift her spirits. She thought Trish should start making something for newborns in the hospital.

    "It is the most special time in someone's life," Dubrule said. "And we are blessed that we can be part of their special day. It's very special."

    White started making the fleece blankets for all of the newborns in the hospital.

    Nurses handed out about 75 of the blankets to families this holiday season.

    White hopes to return to work in January. 

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