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A pink ribbon throw that does more than comfort

Pink Ribbon Throw - the gift that gives twice from Berkshire BlanketIt’s a sobering reality: breast cancer is something that has touched or will touch nearly all of us.  According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

We’ve been personally affected by this at Berkshire Blanket and wanted to do whatever we could to help.  It started with Bobbi:

“My name is Bobbi and I have worked for Berkshire Blanket for 11 years. In February of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. As many of you may know this kind of news changes your entire life, little did I know how much this disease would take over my life. Over the next year I went through months of chemotherapy, then surgery and finally radiation. In June of 2012 I was told I was a miracle patient and cancer free, you can just imagine how elated I was. Unfortunately, this was short lived–in December I awoke to a badly swollen arm. After much testing it was found I had developed a blood clot – the cancer had returned and so my journey is not over. During all this time I have been able to continue working at Berkshire with the support of all my co-workers, as well as the company. This has certainly helped to give me the strength to carry on, as I have learned no one can do it alone.  I am so honored that Berkshire Blanket is now going to have a pink ribbon throw to show their continued support in my battle and to honor all who have fought this disease.”

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we’ve designed a new Pink Ribbon Throw. Not only does this provide physical comfort and a show of support, it also does so much more–we’re donating all profits from the sale of this throw to support cancer research. The specially selected price of $28 commemorates the 28th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Of course, while Bobbi was our initial inspiration in designing the Pink Ribbon Throw, she is far from alone in her struggle.  We started sharing her story with our family and friends and were touched that others wanted to share their stories with us too.

Donna - breast cancer survivor

Donna benefited from years of cancer research

From Donna: “When I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, 9 years ago, at age 36, I did not know what “stage three” meant.  My doctor told me that with stage three we will talk about your chances for survival; with stage four we discuss quantity and quality of life…  I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the last testing stage for Herceptin, which was a new chemotherapy drug.  After a year of chemotherapies, surgeries and radiation, I looked back and realized how incredibly lucky I am to have received the benefit of years of cancer research.  I know that with the combined effort of medical research and doctors, friends, community, and the loving support of my family, 9 years later I am still here thanking God for the joys of my life.”

Laurie - breast cancer survivor

Laurie (center) is the first in her family to become a breast cancer survivor

Laurie (center) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 and is a survivor. She is surrounded by her sisters Susan and Linda. These women have lost their Mother, their sister Gail, and their aunt to breast cancer. Thanks to educational awareness, early detection and medical advances Laurie is the first woman in her family to become a survivor after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

We hope that our new throw will serve as a way to raise awareness, support patients and survivors, and provide comfort at a time that it can be hard to come by.  We know that by donating all of the profits from these throws to cancer research, we’ll be able to make a positive impact for all of the Bobbis, Donnas, and Lauries out there.

If you’ve been affected by cancer and would like to share your story, we invite you to comment below. What was your experience? What brought you comfort?

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Cuddly Buddies® Sighting!


You are never too old to take your Cuddly Buddies® Throw on the go!

I spotted this frog throw in the Chicago airport…clearly the perfect choice to take on the plane for a cozy travel experience!

What do you bring on a long flight to keep comfortable?


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Sneak Peek at the Confetti Throw

Picture of confetti throw on chair

We are pleased to introduce the Confetti Throw in Paris during Maison&Objet this September. Maison is the Euro equivalent of the Home Textiles Market Week held in NYC every fall. Maison and Home Fashion Market Week are trade shows that will target professionals from the field of home fashion and design. The show will be attracting trade visitors from across the world. The shows are not open to the general public. They serve as a unique opportunity for buyers and suppliers to meet and discuss existing business and establish foundations for new projects/programs.

The Confetti Throw is a beautifully constructed chunky knit.  It brings a sprinkle of color to any room and is a cozy, soft throw to snuggle up under.  It’s decorative and functional…you really can have both form and fashion!

I hope this throw makes a SPLASH in Paris!


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Be prepared to be spontaneous

ImageWow, was it unbelievably nice the other day! After all the rain and grey skies we have had, I almost forgot what sunshine was.

It was such an amazing day, so we decided to take the car for a nice (short) leisurely drive. We stopped at the local park and found ourselves wishing we brought a picnic.

The good news is we had an old Frisbee and a fleece throw in the car (we keep the throw in there for our little one to snuggle under on long rides).

We pulled out the throw and placed it on the semi-damp, dirty ground. We had a cozy place to sit after all. We then tossed the Frisbee for a while.

It was a nice day. Time seemed to fly as we sat there enjoying the park’s beauty!

Go enjoy your days!


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Celebrating 2012, Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon Cuddly Buddy

What do you have in common if your age is 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, or 108?

You were born in the Year of the Dragon! (The Chinese Zodiac cycles every 12 years.)

We’re very excited that our newest Cuddly Buddy® throw has finally arrived to help celebrate 2012. The Dragon is a legendary animal and the imperial symbol of the emperor in China. A person born in the Year of the Dragon often known to be highly intelligent and clever. Our little dragon is RED, the color of luck and good fortune…

He’s quite fierce but oh so soft.

You’ll also find more inspiration for Year of the Dragon on our Pinterest board.


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Dogs love blankets, too

There is a new man in my life. His name is Bodhi and he is sweet, loyal, and never judgmental. My favorite thing about him is his kisses. They are wet and super sloppy. That’s right…he’s a puppy! My best friend just adopted this little guy and he melts my heart! Of course the first thing I had to do was get him his own Berkshire Blanket throw. I got the biggest, fluffiest one I could find, the Oversized Extra-Fluffy Throw Blanket. There is nothing more adorable in the world than his little sleeping face…except for his angelic face snuggled into this blanket!

Because he’s only 7 weeks old, I think he misses his mom, Lilly, sometimes. He has a fantastic human mom, but I wonder if he thinks about Lilly, too.  I like to believe that cuddling with his Fluffy reminds him of the warmth of sleeping under his mom’s belly. He sleeps a lot because he is still growing (just look at the size of his paws – he is going to be a big dog!) and the throw is the perfect cocoon for a nap.

It’s a plus that the Fluffy is so versatile – we use it as a dog blanket for the couch to protect the furniture (because you know they sit there anyway), inside his dog bed, or on the seat of the car, wherever. It’s a great way to “mark” where he is allowed to sleep. And it’s long-lasting, easily washable and dryer-friendly. Pet lovers, a blanket should definitely be on the top of the list for puppy accessories for your four-legged friend.

Here are some pictures of Bodhi napping. Try not to overdose on the cuteness!

Bodhi curled up on his blanketBpdhi is snuggled in with his Berkshire BlanketFluffies are so fun to nap onBodhi is waking up from his nap!

Bodhi says “Woof I love Berkshire Blanket!”


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