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Help Ford Create Quilts

Photo by Heather Ziegler Mike DeArdo, sales representative at Jim Robinson Ford at The Highlands, displays a quilt square that will be part of Ford’s Warriors in Pink quilts that will be assembled by volunteers. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the dealership will ask the public to stop in and create a quilt square for quilts that will be given to local breast cancer patients.

TRIADELPHIA — Pink — it’s everywhere when the calendar turns to October and for a good reason — it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

And pink is showing at the Jim Robinson Ford dealership at The Highlands in Ohio County, where a special event to help in the fight against breast cancer will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. But none of it can happen without the public’s participation.

On those two days, the Jim Robinson Ford dealership will serve as Patchwork Station headquarters for Ford’s Warriors in Pink program. Everyone is invited to the dealership to decorate quilt squares with messages of encouragement and support which will be used to make Warrior Quilts by Neighborhood Ford Store’s Quilt for the Cure volunteers.

Refreshments and all materials are provided free, and no special artistic talent is needed, just the desire to encourage patients undergoing breast-cancer treatment, according to Mike DeArdo, sales representative at the dealership.

DeArdo once again is leading the charge to get as many people to come to the dealership and decorate as many squares as each person desires. This will be DeArdo’s seventh year volunteering to head the project.

“We are the main dealership for the quilt squares project … our goal this year is 3,000 squares,” DeArdo said.

DeArdo said volunteer quilters will assemble the squares into quilts that will be donated to local hospital to “encourage breast cancer patients and their families to keep fighting the fight.”

Ford is providing all of the materials — art supply pens, markers and squares — to complete the square patches. DeArdo said there is no limit on the number that any one person can do. Free snacks and refreshments will be provided.

“We had a lady last year who did one square, and then another and another. I think she ended up doing seven or eight squares and that’s great.”

Messages on the squares should be uplifting words or simply a design that sends hopes, perhaps a rainbow or other scene. DeArdo noted that it takes 100 square to complete one quilt.

The Ford showroom at the Jim Robinson Ford dealership will be cleared out and tables will be set up where anyone can come in and decorate quilt squares. A large pink ribbon adorns the dealership door so there’s no mistake what’s going on inside this week. Any questions, call DeArdo at 740-317-9707.

On Tuesday from 2-3 p.m., Jim Robinson Ford partners with Triadelphia Middle School and Wheeling Hospital to help students learn how they can support a parent who is undergoing medical treatment. Diana Tucker, teacher at Triadelphia Middle School, and Kyla Morris, nurse navigator at Wheeling Hospital, will lead the session at the school. Students will then make patches of encouragement and support which will be incorporated in the Warrior Quilts through Neighborhood Ford Store’s Quilt for the Cure volunteer program.

Neighborhood Ford Store dealerships throughout the Ohio Valley are thinking pink in October. In addition to pink-ribbon reminders displayed in area Ford dealerships, other special events are planned.

Meanwhile, raffle tickets go on sale at Team Ford Lincoln in Steubenville for a chance for the winner to give a 2010 Mustang V6 PINK PONY to either a patient undergoing breast-cancer treatment or a breast-cancer survivor. Team Ford Lincoln will be selling the raffle tickets throughout October. Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will go to the Teramana Cancer Center. Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets will go to a tier fund at the Teramana Cancer Center that assists patients experiencing financial difficulty while undergoing breast-cancer treatment.

On Oct. 16, Team Ford Lincoln in Steubenville will present a Warrior Quilt to the Teramana Cancer Center. The Quilt for the Cure volunteer who designed and made the quilt by hand will be present. The featured pink 2010 Mustang V6 also will be on display as the sale of raffle tickets continues.

For more information on the Neighborhood Ford Store’s Quilt for the Cure program, visit www.QuiltForTheCure.com For more information about Ford Motor Company’s program to support breast-cancer treatment and research, visit www.fordcares.com.

Neighborhood Ford Store is a group of 80 Ford dealers in western Pennsylvania, southeastern Ohio, th’dobe panhandle of Maryland and north central West Virginia. More information: www.NeighborhoodFordStore.com.

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