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Michele Milligan's Fundraiser:

Relay for Life, Mesquite

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BENEFITING: American Cancer Society

EVENT DATE: May 18, 2013

Michele Milligan


About the Cancer Ribbon Quilt:

This quilt is 42 blocks, 6 blocks across and 7 blocks down. 21 of them are plain, and 21 of them contain an appliqued cancer ribbon. Each cancer color is represented 4 times in this quilt, in the ribbons the...mselves, in the printed pattern behind each ribbon, in the solid blocks in between the ribbon blocks and in the inner border. The outer border is light purple, as that is the general color for all cancers. The fabric is 100% cotton, the batting is an 80/20 blend of natural cotton, and the backing is muslin. The finished size of the quilt is 61”x 79”, which will fit a twin sized bed.

About the Quilt Maker:

Like many, I learned to sew from my grandma. She was like a parent to me and taught me many things. I have been sewing all my life, but only got interested in quilting since October last year.

My first experience with cancer was in the early 1980’s, when my grandma underwent a radical mastectomy for breast cancer. At the time, I was too young to understand what cancer really was and the damage it could do, and since she was okay, I didn’t give it much thought. In 1999, I lost my step dad to lung cancer, and I began to realize the effects cancer has, and I began to hate the disease. In 2003, I discovered a lump in my left breast and my own journey with cancer began. I had a lumpectomy and did radiation therapy, but began to worry about passing the “cancer gene” onto my own 2 girls. In 2006, I found a lump in my right breast and again began a journey into the cancer world. I chose different options this time around.

I have been involved in the cancer walks off and on throughout the years, but really got involved in Relay for Life in the last 3 years, when my daughter went to work at Buffalo Wild Wings and her manager, Eric Gilder wanted to do something to give back to the community and my daughter sort of threw herself into heading up the walks, the fundraisers and even this year, she sits on the committee for the Mesquite Relay for Life.

3 ½ years ago, in June, I lost my beloved grandma to ovarian cancer. 2 months prior to that in April, I lost my paternal grandma from pancreatic cancer. 2 years ago, my father in law had colon cancer. Just recently, in August, my children’s paternal grandfather passed away from lung cancer. I have numerous friends and friends of friends whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer. This quilt is my contribution to finding a cure. It’s made in honor of those who have fought the disease and won, and it’s in memory of those who lost their fight. It’s also made in the hope that our future generations can know a world and a life without this horrible disease.



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