In memory of her mother and sister, woman makes pink masks for mammogram patients

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Wake Forest Baptist Health

Ginni Baker, 39, lost both her mother, Anne Seippel at age 59, and her sister Patti Ezzell at age 29 to breast cancer. In honor of her mother and sister, Baker, of Winston-Salem, has sewn 150 pink face masks for patients receiving mammograms at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“This is such an unusual time for everyone especially for patients coming into a health-care facility for routine appointments,” said Kelly Cronin, M.D., assistant professor of breast radiology and medical director of breast imaging at Wake Forest Baptist. “To keep our patients and staff safe, everyone who enters into our clinic is asked to wear a mask. When our patients receive a pink mask Ginni has made, you can see many of their faces light up. Ginni’s thoughtfulness has brought some needed light to our patients and we are so grateful for that.”

Baker, who is a mother of four, makes her masks at home with a sewing machine that’s located in her children’s play room. Her two daughters, Emerson, 7, and Lilli, 9, also like to help their mom with the mask-making. Both girls have learned to iron the fabric and flip the masks inside out. Lilli has even learned to sew and now enjoys making masks for her dolls.
“I know the heartbreak that follows the words, ‘you have breast cancer’ and I’ll always feel connected to the breast cancer community,” Baker said. “It’s been very meaningful for me to make these masks and be able to help out a little and it’s been a great opportunity to teach my kids to give back.”