I am anxiously awaiting postal delivery of a quilting package. No, it isn’t fabric or supplies or anything I purchased. It is from someone that I have never met and may never meet, but has a special place in my heart. She belongs to the Quilter’s Forum – the ‘virtual guild’ that I belong to, and she has Stage 4 breast cancer.
Quilters as a community have a long history of giving back. Many of the members of the Quilter’s Forum are unsung heros – spending their money and their time to give back in multiples ways. Some members I know make small dolls for children living on Indian Reservations and for battered women. Others make animal beds for their local shelters. Other create and donate quilts, pillowcases, etc to Quilts of Valor, local hospitals and fire departments for children in need, Project Linus and the Alzheimer’s Project. Yet others donate fabric and time to help people in need.
In this case, the someone I referred to uses the screen name Coyote Magic. She is trying hard to finish a number of quilts for her parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and associated family members. She is really afraid that between the disease and the treatments, that she won’t get them all done.
She posted her project to the forum on September 3. So far there have been 92 postings, all with warm wishes for her recovery and several with offers of help so that she could complete her projects and give them to her family members.
As I work on the quilt that she is sending me, I will be praying that Breast Cancer Awareness month helps to accelerate a cure for Coyote Magic and all people who suffer from the various diseases for which today there is no cure.
I am also very proud of all our students in North Branford who wear the pink that signifies hope for a cure. Show your support at the Homecoming game this Friday by cheering on our football team and cheerleaders as they take the field – and send up a prayer for Coyote Magic and those like her who need help in beating cancer and all diseases that affect our health and well being.