Saturday, 24 June 2006
Leukaemia and Quilts
In September 2005 my sister's then boyfriend, Matt Julians (aka Floyd London, guitarist for The Almighty (not my sort of thing I hasten to add)), was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. To quote Sophie : "His type of AML was quite rare (1:70,000) and he was treated with 4 courses of aggressive chemotherapy. Unfortunately a bone marrow biopsy was out of the question as the procedure alone carried a 40% mortality rate. Floyd's chances of successfully beating the cancer are 50/50 but he still made it to remission after the first course of chemo, and he's still there now!!! We have another 4 years to get through before we can say he made it! Floyd is a tough wee lad and we know he's going to beat this leukaemia." Floyd went into remission and they got married in June last year (we flew over for the wedding and Alex was a bridesmaid). I was just about to upload some lovely photos, only to find they have disappeared and Alex and I have just spent the last hour going through every single CD in the house trying to find them. Here is one that thankfully I uploaded to Yahoo Photos. Quality isn't very good. You should have seen what Floyd looked like in January! Have you a photo Soph? Anyway, the point of this post is to ask if any of you fellow quilters out there would be interested in donating a quilt for auction in order to raise funds for Leukaemia Research. Sophie and Floyd have already raised over £25,000 through two charity concerts and various other events and I thought it would be a great idea to auction some quilts. Sophie is in contact with the Fund Raiser for LRF and she would probably be able to help us to set it up, but in the meantime has anyone out there done this sort of thing before and, if so, how do you go about it? I was thinking to putting Sunburst up for auction, but I haven't started it yet. Blue Jean Windows is a third of the way there (ish) so, depending on the time scale, would probably donate that one and make a duplicate of Sunburst at a later date if it works out as planned (hollow laughter). Let me know what you all think and hope you can help.