Two quilts to recognize fight against cancer

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 24, 2006

By Kari Lucin, staff writer

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Freeborn County will auction off in August two special quilts, one made from the clothing of cancer survivors and one from the clothing of people who have passed away because of cancer.

The quilts are intended to recognize the owners of the clothing, who have suffered from cancer, and to raise awareness of cancer and cancer treatments, said Scott Schmeltzer, Tribune publisher.

Anyone who can donate pieces of clothing to the quilts should bring them to the Albert Lea Tribune, and anyone interested in helping create the quilts should call Schmeltzer at 379-3420.

&8220;It’s a way for everyone to be a part of Relay for Life,&8221; said Schmeltzer.

The quilt project will allow people to participate in the program without having to be in the relay itself. On the other hand, the local Relay for Life program is seeking greater participation in the relay. Last year’s relay had 36 teams, and this year the goal is 50 teams.

&8220;I do not know anyone who has not been touched by cancer,&8221; Schmeltzer said. &8220;And the people who have lived through it are walking heroes.&8221;