Reach to Recovery is a visitation program sponsored by The American Cancer Society. It provides information and support for women personally affected by breast cancer by someone who has already been there herself -- the Reach to Recovery visitor. At the original contact between these two women an attractive tote bag is given to the breast cancer patient which contains lots of information as well as a pillow which can be used beneath the arm to take pressure off an incision. The fabric tote bags have a quilt block inserted on one side.
Our guild conducted a July 15th workshop which taught the construction methods of both the tote and the pillow. The general idea is to use orphaned blocks to make the totes. Quilter's Quarters donated denim and other fabrics with which to complete the construction of the totes and pillows.
Thank You Card From American Cancer Society
February 15, 2000
Dear Quilters Guild Members,
These pictures (above picture is one) were on the tables at the Volunteer (ACS) Appreciation Dinner held in January in Leavenworth.
I am a Reach to Recovery Visitor and have had the great joy of delivering some of these to women on the trip to recovery from breast surgery - they are duly impressed. I have been also. I've done enough quilting to appreciate the time involved in making a bag.