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Quilting for a cure

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They are the constant, quieter force behind Harlandale ISD’s Athletics Department. They manage tickets sales, answer questions about sporting events and help manage the facilities. But for the last year when Abbie Garcia and Mary Helen Chavez have headed home, they have taken on another task: quilting for a cure.


In an effort to raise money for this year’s Harlandale ISD Relay for Life, Abbie and Mary Helen will giveaway two hand-stitched lap travel quilts that feature ribbons commemorating Faith, Hope and Belief. Each quilt measures 39x38 inches. Tickets for the drawing cost $2 and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.


Both ladies have been touched by cancer in different ways. Abbie is a cancer survivor of 17 years and Mary Helen has lost several family members to the disease. Both have participated in HISD’s Relay for Life since its inception in 2004 and the idea to make and raffle the quilts came to Abbie after last year’s race. She got started by learning how to stitch. Fortunately, Mary Helen was already semi-experienced.


“While our quilts are not perfect, what is perfect is that every stitch was made with hope and prayer that this disease will be wiped out in our lifetime and by doing this I feel we can make a difference,” said Mary Helen.


The quilt drawing will take place the night of the relay, on Friday, May 3 at Memorial Stadium. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and runs through the night until 7:00 a.m. Saturday. You can purchase your chance to win by calling Abbie or Mary Helen at 977-1647.