Parents of child with incurable disease make pillows to help other sick kids

Lisa and Chad Borodychuk with their children Olivia and Oliver. WILX TV image via NBC News

DEWITT, Mich. — A Michigan couple who has a daughter with an incurable illness, has come up with a unique way to comfort sick children. It’s called the “Pillow Project.”

Chad Borodychuk says you should never underestimate the power of a pillow.

“Pillows seem like such a, I mean in some ways insignificant, a small pillow… They’re huge,” said Chad Borodychuk.

You’ll find hundreds of pillows, along with stacks of fabric and stuffing in the basement of the Borodychuk’s home.

The family is on a mission to help sick children.

“How can we make a difference in a child’s life, but also we get to spread awareness for Olivia,” said Lisa Borodychuk.

Lisa and Chad know the pain that comes with having a child in and out of the hospital.

Their 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, has an incurable illness, a rare form of Leukodystrophy called Alexander disease.

“Has never had the opportunity to walk, has never had the opportunity to talk,” said Lisa Borodychuk.

Over time, Olivia has come to rely on special pillows made by her mother Lisa to keep her comfortable.

“She needs the support,” said Lisa.

Nurses and patients loved it when mom started making the colorful pillows for other kids… So in 2014 the Olivia Kay Foundation was born. The mission is simple, keep kids like Olivia comfortable.
“It’s an opportunity to kind of know that this is something that’s bringing comfort, and it is also bringing relief,” said Chad Borodychuk.

For Lisa and Chad, the journey won’t be easy, but their home is full, with the energy of little brother Oliver, the footsteps of the family dog, and often, the sound of a sewing machine… All for Oliva.

You can help the Olivia Kay Foundation by donating stuffing or funds to buy fabric.

For more information visit OliviaKayFoundation.org 

WILX TV image via NBC News
WILX TV image via NBC News
WILX TV image via NBC News
Lisa and Chad Borodychuk with their children Olivia and Oliver. WILX TV image via NBC News
WILX TV image via NBC News
Olivia Borodychuk. WILX TV image via NBC News

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