Thursday, January 19, 2017

Legacy Chase Ribbon Serves a New Purpose

As you may remember, last year's Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs was record-breaking! With help from survivors and their families and friends, GBMC broke the Guinness World Record for the longest awareness ribbon, as a demonstration of our commitment to the fight against all cancers. It was a momentous occasion that touched the community, as so many of us have known someone who has battled cancer, or even been personally diagnosed. The lavender ribbon stretched a mile and a half long – that's quite a lot of fabric, and of course, we wouldn't let it go to waste.

Short Pajamas
The ribbon, which is actually satin fabric, is 30 inches wide, in addition to being extremely long. GBMC donated it to Care Wear Volunteers, Inc., a nationwide nonprofit that provides handmade items to hospitals. Care Wear has participants in all 50 states and Canada who knit, crochet, and/or sew items to be donated. At their headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, a group of volunteers has been busy turning our lavender satin into lace-trimmed burial gowns for infants. Another group is sewing the fabric, which has a luxurious feel, into nightgowns, sleep sets, and robes for women at Heartly House, a Frederick shelter for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Some volunteers are also experimenting with using the purple fabric as a quilt backing.

Night Gown
Burial Gown

Although it's too soon to know just how many burial gowns, sets of sleepwear, and quilts our record-breaking fabric will make, we're pleased it will live on in a way that is so in tune with GBMC's mission.

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