Quilt helps in breast cancer fight
STEUBENVILLE — A handmade quilt meant to “to honor, comfort and encourage” those battling breast cancer was presented to the Trinity Health System and the Teramana Cancer Center Wednesday.
The quilt is part of Ford Motor Co.’s Warriors In Pink program, designed to help those touched by breast cancer by supporting, inspiring and empowering patients and survivors. Since its inception in 1993, the program has raised $137 million for four breast cancer charities.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The presentation was made at TEAM Ford-Lincoln, which also holding a drawing for its Pink Pony Mustang to raise money for the Teramana Cancer Center. The 2010 Mustang, which features custom pink leather seats, striping and pink ribbon emblems, has less than 36,000 miles on the odometer.
TEAM Ford-Lincoln General Manager Justin Teramana said the vehicle will be given to the winner’s choice of a breast-cancer patient or survivor.
“We’ll match the total ticket sales and donate that money back to the Teramana Cancer Center,” he said, adding the dealership also will cover the sales tax.
The drawing will be Oct. 30.
Helen Carson of Latrobe, Pa., a nine-year breast cancer survivor, stiched the quilt squares, which were decorated by visitors to the Neighborhood Ford Store’s booth at the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. Each square shared a message of encouragement and hope for survivors and their loved ones.
“It’s therapy for me,” Carson said. “As a survivor, I read the messages just as anybody coming in for treatment would. I’ve been very, very fortunate — like most people, when you get diagnosed you think, ‘that’s it, I’m dead’…but I decided to just go for it.”
Carson and her husband, Bruce, had been living in California and were preparing to retire and move back east. Once here, she got involved with Walk for a Cure in Pittsburgh and the Neighborhood Ford Store’s booth.
“I can’t tell you how blessed I am,” Carson said. “My husband and I no longer put anything off.”
The car previously belonged to Susan and Larry Stimpson, who said it placed fourth among more than 3,000 Mustang’s judged at the Ford Nationals in 2016.
“She felt it was time for someone else to enjoy it, so we decided to sell it,” Larry Stimpson said. “Hopefully, it makes a lot of money for the cause. We’re very happy, it’s exactly what she built it for.”
Susan Stimpson said she “only wanted it to go for something like this.”