Traveling Quilt Brings Hope

By WEEK Reporter

October 25, 2010 Updated Oct 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM CDT

It's Monday, October 25th, so it's time for our next buddy check 25 report, the story of the traveling quilt.

It is a message of hope, and a special bond between five women.

Beverly Stender is a two-time breast cancer survivor.

She wears her passion for pink and hope for a cure.

And a couple of years ago she crafted that message into a quilt.

But, rather than keep it, she wanted to give it to someone in the midst of their own battle.

That someone was Janice Dieckow.

"When you find out you have breast cancer you feel alone." said Janice, "You feel devastated and hopeless and it gave me a lot of comfort that Bev thought to give this to me."

Janice beat the disease, too.

She treasured the quilt that had given her the strength to fight, but she wanted to pass along that strength.

So, she asked Bev if it was to give it to another patient...and Bev agreed.

Janice passed it on to Carolyn Nunn.

"To me the quilt represents that network of support that we as breast cancer survivors have to keep our spirits and to help us get through treatment." said Carolyn.

Carolyn got through it and passed the quilt to her co-worker Donna Lee.

"This quilt to me means that there is hope." said Donna, "That there's a lot of people out there that are working together and definitely supporting each other."

And now Donna is giving it to Erin Miller, the niece of the first recipient of the quilt, Janice.

"It gives me hope." Erin remarks, "It gives me hope that we're all fighting for the cure. That there are people out there that are supportive for me and that really means a lot when you're going through the cancer the chemo because there are times that you just need that extra hope to hold onto. To get you through that day."

Erin is holding on.

And more patients will hold on to hope, as they pass the quilt from survivor to patient until someone discovers a cure.

And as they pass it on, that survivor's name is added to the back of the quilt.

Giving comfort and courage to the quilt's current owner.

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