Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Busy Bees

My Lazy Sister Sue and her friends are quite a group of ladies. I wanted to introduce them to you, and let you know what they are doing for the American Cancer Society. This is an important charity to my family, as Mom is a survivor and cancer has touched our extended "family" - both relatives and friends as well, not always with a happy ending.

These are the Busy Bees. They are a group of friends, primarily quilters, who have all been touched by cancer. Three of the members are cancer survivors themselves, the rest of them have had a close family member or friend who was diagnosed with cancer. They dedicate fundraising efforts to their memory and honor.

The group participates in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life each year. In addition to pledges, they put their talents to use by raffling off a quilt***, and selling various craft items that members have made. In addition, they have put together baskets to raffle and sold luminaries that line the track the night of Relay. Last year the Busy Bees raised over $10,000!

In addition, they won the most spirited team award. Just imagine a bunch of 50 and 60 year ladies staying up all night making fools of themselves for a very worthy cause. Lazy Sister Sue says “We pay for it the next day, but our exhaustion and sleeplessness is nothing compared to what thousands of cancer patients go through each day. If we can help find a cure for cancer it will be worth it. Personally, I would love for my future grandchildren to know about cancer only through what they read in their history books.

Lazy Sister Sue has a website for donations and pledges. (Note: this website is not for the quilt raffle tickets)

Please consider donating to have a luminary made in honor or in memory of someone. Luminary donations are $10 or $25. They also are going to have special luminaries for pets, because animals get cancer too. Pet luminaries are $5.

*** Check back later today to view this year’s quilt and buy your raffle tickets.
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