Sewing for a Cause
Ryan's Case for Smiles Formerly Conkerr Cancer
In 2002 Cindy Kerr began making pillowcases to brighten up her son, Ryan's, hospital room and to put a smile on his face while he faced cancer.. He loved it and she began making pillowcases for other children with cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Unfortunately, Ryan lost his battle in 2008. But Cindy went on to form ConKerr Cancer, a non-profit organization that delivers pillowcases to children in hospitals in both the United States and Africa. They have recently changed their name from ConKerr Cancer, to Ryan’s Case for Smiles (Case for Smiles for short). We are excited that their new tagline. ‘helping kids feel better to heal better; captures the impact of our volunteers.
Their new name does many things. First, it reflects the growth of our mission to serve all children with life changing illnesses and injuries- not just those with cancer. Second, it honors the thousands of people who are creating smiles each day. Finally, through their new tagline, ‘helping kids feel better to heal better; and our new revamped website, we hope everyone can immediately understand our mission and how they can become part of our story. You can read more about the program or download the pattern for the pillowcase to get you started. We just ask that you follow the following guidelines:
Use cheery fabrics for kids – colorful and fun as possible
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:
Country Traditions has long been a drop-off point for Project Linus. We are always in need of more "blanketeers". You can find out more about the organization and find patterns and links on their website.
1 Million Pillowcase Challenge
At American Patchwork & Quilting we know Quilting Changes Everything. That's why in 2010 we are challenging you to join our efforts to Make a Pillowcase, Make a Difference. Every pillowcase can make a difference in our community. A pillowcase can provide comfort for cancer patient, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered woman, or beauty for a nursing home resident.
Join us at Country Traditions to meet the challenge, by making and bring your pillowcases into the shop. We will make sure they get donated to a variety of local charities and add your donations to the Pillowcase Counter on millionpillowcases.com.
Visit, allpeoplequilt.com for pillowcase patterns and lots of quilting inspiration from our Friends at American Patchwork & Quilting.
Quilts of Valor
Because no matter where we stand politically, we accept our warriors and veterans with open arms and open hearts.
One only has to talk to the veterans of previous wars and conflicts to get a glimpse that the profound effects of war