In preparation for celebrating National Quilting Day, set for March 18, the region’s Ford dealers presented a Ford Warrior Quilt and a new “Support Quilt” to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center (JMBCC). The facility received its third full-size Ford Warrior Quilt and first Support Quilt, a smaller quilt created to hang in a procedure room, where wall space is often limited, so that supportive messages can be seen directly where patients receive care.
Matt Smith of Laurel Ford represented the regional group known as “Neighborhood Ford Store,” presenting the quilt to Director of Women’s Services Erin Goins.
Goins said, “We thank Ford for their year-round dedication to breast cancer awareness and for the donation of these beautiful quilts, providing hope, encouragement, and a sense of comfort to our patients. I think it really helps them to know they’re not alone in their fight against breast cancer.”
Ford Warrior Quilts are constructed by Neighborhood Ford Store’s Quilt for the Cure volunteers from squares decorated by the public. The decorated blocks contain messages of comfort, support, and remembrance. The assembled quilts are then awarded to breast-cancer facilities and organizations for outstanding service in the battle against breast cancer.
Quilt for the Cure is the regional activation of Ford Motor Company’s Warriors in Pink program. Ford Warriors in Pink® is dedicated to helping those touched by breast cancer, through actions that support, inspire, and empower patients, survivors, and co-survivors throughout their journey. The “Support Quilt” program was initiated by long-time Quilt for the Cure Volunteer Sue Brichacek of Pittsburgh.
“We support Quilt for the Cure ‘year-round because breast-cancer awareness has to occur every day, not just in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Joseph Thurby, Neighborhood Ford Store Chairman.
About Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center
The Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center (JMBCC) opened in February 2002 offering comprehensive and personalized breast care in one convenient location. The JMBCC is exists to prevent and treat diseases of the breast and other conditions that can impact the lives of the women served. The tools and techniques used include digital mammography, ultrasound, breast biopsies, breast MRI, bone densitometry, genetic counseling, research studies, and a female breast surgeon on-site.
About Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber
Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit www.windbercare.org.