This is Becky. As many of you may already know, in the last 5 or 6 years I have taken up the hobby of quilting with some of my friends. I enjoy this hobby quite a bit! All my children have a quilt on their bed, and one for their wedding. I have 2 or 3 quilts to rotate on my bed (depending on the season) and the ONLY other people who have received quilts other than my children are BLOOD relatives - such as a mother, or mother-in-law, and possibly a few table runners for sisters. I am one of those quilters who only gives a quilt away if I can "visit" it - at one of my children's homes or mothers. When I put so much time into a project such as a quilt, I like to see it and remember how much I love it! I am not much of a humanitarian quilter - I'm a pretty selfish quilter, and most of my quilts aren't "quick quilts" - they are time consuming and more involved; so I keep them! I have never considered selling a quilt because it just wouldn't be worth it - it costs quite a bit to buy the fabric and take it to my friend, Marae, who quilts the quilt together on her big machine in her living room. Soooo, all this rambling is bringing me to my point - never before have I "sold" or given away a quilt to a non relative (except for Jamie Campbell who got a quilt because she doubled the food for Tara's wedding and didn't double the price!), BUT I am going to donate a quilt to a foundation that I have a particular interest in and sell it to the highest bidder. That's where you all come in. I will post a picture of this quilt and you can email me if you are interested in purchasing it and donating the $ to the following foundation:
Many of you have read about Terri Thomas. She is Tara's "quarterback" as we affectionately call her. She can be reached anytime of the day or night by text, and has facilitated much of Tara's timely doctor care. She is the one who can call the surgeon and get a response within the hour so Tara can go to Sea World, she's the one who sends us to the ER on a semi-regular basis - she tells us if it's serious enough to go to the ER or not. She manages our doctor appointments, MRI's, treatments, etc. She accompanies us to almost every doctor appointment and coordinates Tara's care. Much to our chagrin, we found out the foundation she works for is seriously underfunded. We mistakenly thought she was paid by a rich drug company. Alas, that is not the case. She is the one who signed Tara up for the clinical trial (which, remember, would cost us $20K per infusion if we weren't on the trial) and manages all of it. If there are new clinical trials out there for brain cancer; Terri would be the 1st to know about it. So, here's the official "blurb" from the brochure about this fund raiser for this foundation:
The AOS (Arizona Oncology Services) Foundation Mission Statement is to more effectively combat cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients in the State of Arizona, by providing access to vital clinical research and education. Foundation for Cancer Research and Education dba AOS Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that provides access to cancer clinical trials throughout the Phoenix area with an emphasis on the National Cancer Institute trials.
Since it's inception in 1989, the AOS Foundation has provided support for cancer patients and their families (I have cried with Terri many times, I know they provide support!). AZ Oncology Services Foundation is one of the leading enrollers in radiation oncology research in the United States for the past 10 years.
Okay, so here's 2 ways to donate to this foundation if you are interested: You can just send me the $ and I promise to not embezzle any of it and give it directly to Terri before the benefit golf tournament they are having on April 30th. (or you can donate anytime after that also, and I will make sure it gets to the right person) OR here's a website: www.justgive.org go to that website then search for AOS using the following: Foundation for Cancer Research and Education, Arizona.
Here's the picture of the quilt - the dimensions are 56 x 84.
It's really hard to see how very cute this quilt is - you can't see the cute black and white polka dot fabric that is used, or the texture of the other fabrics. Just trust me, it's really neat! If you want to see it, I have it at my home. It's called "Black & White & Stars all over".
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being the owner of this quilt! I will end the auction on April 29th at 6:00 pm. If there is enough interest, I am considering doing a quilt of someone's choice for the foundation also. We would have to work out the price depending on the quilt and fabrics chosen.... Love you all!!!
PS - Tara's head leaked again on Saturday night. Please keep praying that the infection will be healed. I am pretty sick of the vancomyacin and so is Tara. I am about to the point to throw all the medications out the window, get Tara on good homeopathic vitamins, minerals, and supplements, and help her body heal itself. This strong antibiotic doesn't seem to be working. It's only hurting her stomach! Apparently there is a shortage of "good blood vessels" up there on her poor radiated head! Healing is taking a very long time. We see Dr. Smith Tuesday and he makes the decision to start chemo again or not to start again. I am guessing he will say "no chemo". We're already 2 months behind; but the infection HAS to be gone before chemo starts again. Wednesday is MRI - but I'm not scared because Dr. Smith just reassured us there in no tumor - but we will be curious to see if there is alot of fluid in there..... anyway, your specific prayers about this infection are appreciated!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!