TRIADELPHIA – Individually, they were small squares of fabric, stamped in ink and on which were inscribed a few words. They will come together soon to show breast cancer patients that they are supported and loved.
People who walked into the Highland Walmart Supercenter throughout the day on Friday had the chance to detour near the entrance and create a quilt square for the “warrior quilts”. These quilts, when sewn together, will be delivered to cancer treatment centers in the area.
The event – sponsored by Walmart, Neighborhood Ford Store and Jim Robinson Ford – took place on Friday to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Jim Robinson Ford is one of 80 regional Ford dealerships that make up the Neighborhood Ford Store.
The Highlands Walmart Supercenter square construction station was filled with squares of fabric, decorative stamps, pens and markers to write words of support for breast cancer patients.
Jim Robinson, president of Jim Robinson Ford, said it was great to see people stop and spend a few minutes building a quilt square.
“Time is our most precious resource,” said Robinson. “People take the time to fill in these squares. Quilters volunteer their time to make these wonderful quilts. We are all part of the same community and it is important for anyone going through this to know that we are shooting for them, that the whole community is behind them.
Brianne Utt, head of radiology at WVU Medicine Wheeling Hospital, knows firsthand what these quilts mean for breast cancer patients. Her grandmother and sister are battling breast cancer and she sees patients in the hospital every day.
“I know firsthand that things like this mean a lot,” she said. “It gives them comfort. It lets them know that they are not alone. It raises awareness of breast cancer.
Those who weren’t able to make it to Friday’s quilting event will have another chance to participate October 7-8 at Jim Robinson Ford at The Highlands.
The event’s sponsors are hoping that in addition to showing their support for breast cancer patients, others will see these quilt squares and remember to stay vigilant against breast cancer for themselves, perhaps. when scheduling a mammogram.
Robinson said giving comfort to those going through the difficult process of treating cancer is of the utmost importance.
“It is a disease that ultimately affects everyone, whether it is a family member or a friend,” he said. “To know that there is always a group that took the time to think about you in particular, I think that is very important. You know we are with you.