Helping Chronically Ill Patients, One Pair Of Socks At A Time
A Senior at Wake Forest University who is from Durham, Connecticut is setting out to help the chronically ill in this country. Jake Teitelbaum has founded the Resilience Project. Socks are designed with the help of patients, who put their own spin on them to provide a little sunshine. They are then sold and those patients get half of the net proceeds to help offset their medical bills. This idea came to Jake as he was undergoing treatment for Refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. He was given “hospital socks” to wear that reminded him how sick he was, he couldn’t stand then and that’s when he decided to make socks colorful and fun. His road to recovery was tough. He underwent a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy. Jake has been in remission since October of 2016 and he can’t wait to graduate in April 2017 and get going in earnest on his Resilience Project.