BELPRE - A "Warriors in Pink" quilt unveiled Friday will hang in the Strecker Cancer Center to provide comfort and inspiration to those undergoing treatment.
The quilt was donated by the Neighborhood Ford Store and presented by Dennis Sprouse, general manager of Astorg Ford in Parkersburg. Sprouse represented the 81 dealers of the Neighborhood Ford Store.
"We hope this quilt will serve as a reminder of how this disease affects so many individuals, while symbolizing the unifying fight to defeat it," he said.
Photo by Michael Erb
Strecker Cancer Center employees Danyan Collins, left, Christy Ford, center, and Cortney Beymer unveil the Neighborhood Ford Store 2013 Warriors in Pink quilt Friday at the center in Belpre.
The hand-stitched pink and white quilt had its individual fabric squares decorated by breast cancer survivors, their families and supporters from throughout the region and at the Pittsburgh Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Cortney Beymer, a social worker with the cancer center, said the quilt will remain on display in the center's chemotherapy department for incoming patients and their families to see.
"I think it will give them inspiration to see the quilt," she said.
Beymer said the quilt also gives officials the chance to encourage people to seek early detection.
"Early detection is our patients' best chance of a positive outcome," she said.
Pictures of the quilt squares being decorated at this year's Race for the Cure along with past presentations and more information are available at www.QuiltForTheCure.com.
Launched in 2006, Ford's national Warriors in Pink campaign recognizes the strength and courage to deal with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer. To date, Ford has donated more than $120 million to cancer research.
The Strecker Cancer Center in Belpre is part of the Memorial Health System and Marietta Memorial Hospital.