ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – 14- year-old Ethan Lawson is a Boy Scout looking to make a difference and earn his Eagle Scout badge. It’s the highest honor given to a scout. The 8th grader from troy spent the last month organizing and leading 80 volunteers to reach his goal. The result turned out to be 271 knot blankets all made by hand to give to kids at St. Louis Children`s Hospital. Lawson says his own experience in the hospital was his inspiration.
“I got the idea from when I was in the hospital I had three surgeries. When I got out I got a fleece blanket and covered up and it made me feel really comfortable.” said Lawson
Lawson battled his own illness he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 9- years -old and knows all too well what the fleece blankets would mean to patients. He never let his illness stop him from achieving his goals.
“It felt great just take that times 270 that’s got to be good.” Lawson said.
Children’s Hospital child life specialist Tyler Robertson says he’s part of a team that prepares kids for their hospital stay. Robertson says donated gifts can really brighten up a child`s day and give them comfort. The hospital receives close to 10,000 donations of toys, blankets and pillows every year.
“We care for kids all over the world, it`s nice to know our country is doing something even though they may never see the kids.” said Robertson
Lawson says he received more than 450 yards of fleece from the community for his project. Doctors also plan to operate on Lawson’s remaining tumors sometime next year.