Quilters Provide Warmth and Comfort to Children Fighting Cancer

In the spirit of giving, the ladies of the Salt Creek Quilt Guild are providing comfort to children and teens fighting cancer by creating snuggly quilts to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation (POTCF).

Once each month, from September through May, approximately 10 to 15 members of the Guild meet at the Grace Lutheran Church in Western Springs to create their beautiful quilts. The finished quilts are then transferred to the Foundation's treasure chests located in children's cancer treatment centers where they are immediately appreciated by children and teens enduring painful medical treatments.

At a recent quilting session, several of the enthusiastic members shared their reasons for creating such magnificent handiwork. Elisa Arespacochaga said, "We understand the warmth, beauty and comfort these quilts can provide, and we want to share with children fighting cancer." Fellow Quilt Guild member Lois Flood added, "It is wonderful to physically give to an organization and to know where it is going. We drop off the quilts and know they are delivered to hospitals in our area."

In addition to the satisfaction that comes from contributing to a worthy cause, the members enjoy each other's company, good food and of course, the quilting itself. Gail Heneghan said, "We come for the pizza . . ." to which fellow quilter Anne Christopher added, ". . . and we stay for the quilting!"

Teresa Ruiz of Plainfield, whose six-year-old son Emilio is battling leukemia, knows just how much the quilts can mean to the children served by the Foundation. "My son loves the quilts made for him and other young cancer fighters. When he undergoes a procedure such as a blood draw, it's the warmth of these quilts and the kindness of those caring for him that make the moment a bit easier. Cancer treatment is tough enough for a small child, but with the quilts and support of the Foundation, these kids will conquer."


Salt Creek Quilt Guild

Salt Creek Quilt Guild members (seated in front, left to right) Elisa Arespacochaga, DeAnn Ellis (Chair of Community Service Committee), Linda Breivogel, Samantha Barton, Judi Doychak, Gail Heneghan, (standing in rear, left to right) Ce Foley, Joyce Fleming, Sandy Migitz, Anne Christopher, Denise Woloszyn, Lois Flood and Elsie Vonkerens proudly display a few of the beautiful quilts which will help comfort young cancer patients.