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, WV, where a special event to help in the fight against breast cancer will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 2. 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 hospitals 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 another scene. DeArdo noted that it takes 100 squares to complete one quilt.