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Release: Sept. 28, 1999
UI Cancer Center displays quilt with a cause
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Homespun creativity, handiwork
and compassion have been stitched together piece-by-piece to create a quilt
with a cause. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities in October,
the University of Iowa Cancer Center and the Breast Imaging Center will present
a quilt, donated by two area women who offer it as an emblem of hope and unity
in the struggle against breast cancer.
The quilt will be on display in the Main Lobby of
the UI Hospitals Clinics and featured in a silent auction at the end of the
month. All donations collected and proceeds from the auction will go toward
providing free mammogram screenings for women who dont have the financial
means to receive them.
Proof that art can represent life, quilt-makers Judy
Duehr-Miller and Chyleen Pauesick took on the project as a way to demonstrate
their support for friends, community members and all women affected by the
"We wanted to do a good thing. We want the money to
help women who have fallen through the cracks," said Duehr-Miller, a central
sterilization technician at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. "We love people,
and we love to help them."
Both women have home-care experience through the Visiting
Nurses Association and saw the opportunity unfold unexpectedly. Inspiration
for the project came after flipping through craft magazines and stumbling
upon an advertisement for the "Quilt America! Yes Mam! Mammogram Challenge."
The nationwide campaign encourages quilt-makers to turn their hobbies into
fund-raising projects to raise awareness about breast cancer. The women approached
the UI Breast Imaging Center with the idea. They would like to see the quilt
project become a yearly fund-raiser, Duehr-Miller said.
After 100 hours of combined labor, the quilt is ready
for its debut. This is only Duehr-Millers fourth quilt. A spread of
pansies, done in a warm brown and cream pattern with a sentiment of friendship,
is woven into the fabric. The pattern was chosen from the "Sunday Best" collection,
which harks back to early-century traditions when women saved their prized
fabrics for Sunday display.
"We chose the pansies because pansies represented
friendship at the time," said Duehr-Miller. "We want women to know that they
have a friend in this fight."
For information about giving a donation to the quilt,
contact Jean Arndt at (319) 384-7931.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.