Blankets of Comfort

A Naperville mother who lost her son in a freak accident at a local park several years ago has been awarded for her efforts to help other families experiencing a tragic loss.

Jill Zuleg received the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award at Edward Hospital for providing blankets and gift baskets to those receiving donated organs. The national award honors those in the healthcare industry who’ve demonstrated exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation.

In October 2010, Jill lost her son Kyle, a junior at Neuqua Valley High School after a heavy tree limb fell on him when he was playing in the woods. After his death, seven of Kyle’s organs were donated.

Jill, a nurse at Edward Hospital, began providing a “Forever in Our Hearts” blanket to comfort families going through the organ donation process.

“When my husband and my daughter and I went through it, we felt like there was something a little extra we could do to help families and so we created the blanket in memory of Kyle,” said Zuleg. “We’re in 14 different area hospitals and it would be awesome to have them throughout the state. Our ultimate dream is to go across the U.S. But just to have Kyle out there shining on and help other families going through the process.”

She also created the Kyle Zuleg Foundation to provide scholarships to students who want to pursue a media communications degree, like Kyle had.

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