March 25, 2014

Scarves For Life

Last year I did a silent auction on one of my infinity scarves and received a $100 donation towards my goal for the Relay For Life. So this year (2014) I thought I would continue (somewhat in that vein) and make infinity scarves in memory of my Dad, Carl Letsen and my Aunt Susan Letsen. 

For those that don't know, my life was first affected by cancer when my favorite Aunt Susan was diagnosed with Breast Cancer that had gone undiagnosed for so long that it had spread throughout her body. I spent many afternoons with her in the Hospice Center, after school. I still remember my very last afternoon spent with her like it was yesterday. She couldn't finish a sentence as she tried so hard to talk to me. She kept falling back to sleep. Her breathing, at that point, had become very shallow and trying for her. I didn't want her to suffer anymore and that was my hearts cry to God that afternoon as I left. God brought her to her Heavenly home on my 20th birthday and as hard a pill as that was to swallow, I know that was a beautiful gift from God, as it was the first day in her new life with no more suffering. 

My dad (AKA Pops) was diagnosed in mid-2011 with stage 4 melanoma metastasized to his liver. At the time he was given 9 months. Regardless, my Pops faith remained steadfast. For just about 2 years he suffered through different trials of medications, underwent gamma knife surgery and a couple hospital stays. He was such a trooper...never giving up on what God had called of him to do in his time here. He spoke to many people about his journey in hopes of giving them HOPE in theirs. He made a point of seeking out other cancer patients to pray with and encourage. This became his mission. He yearned to share his testimony with all he came across. He knew that even though he had cancer, he was also touched by God in a very special way. Last year, on April 29, he went on to be with his savior and is now living his new life without the pain of cancer or any other pain this world has to offer.

I make these scarves to honor their memory, as well as all the others that have battled with cancer. The very sad truth is, cancer seems to have become a part of our every day language in this world. I feel like every time I turn around and share my experience with cancer, someone else is sharing theirs with me. Its heart breaking the toll cancer is taking on those we love. My biggest hope is for a cure. To put a stop to cancer and make it a thing of the past. This is why I have joined ranks with others in the fight and participate in the Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society to raise money to help find a cure. 

This is my very own, personal design that I am dedicating specifically to the RELAY FOR LIFE. ALL proceeds will go directly to this and for any future events...I have specific colors that I am working with to honor their memory: Black (Melanoma Awareness-Dad), Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness-Aunt Susan) and Blue (my Dad's favorite color). I have varying shades of those three colors. I have a limited supply of each color (so orders for specific colors will also go 1st-come-1st-serve and according to supply). I can also take requests for different colors depending on my yarn stash/supply (If the main colors don't peek your interest...I have browns, greens, and purples). I am asking for a $40 donation for each scarf. I can accept cash or check. ALL of the money will be put towards my goal of $1000 for the Relay For Life. If you don't want one for yourself (as these are a somewhat feminine accessory), please consider getting one for your Mom, Sister, Girlfriend, Wife, and/or Daughter. It's for such a GREAT cause. And if you STILL don't want one, that is ok...maybe you'll consider helping me raise money for the American Cancer Society and donate to my relay. 

I created a BRAND NEW EMAIL address specifically for the scarf orders:

Details needed when you email me your order:
Name and Address for Shipping 
Color you prefer 1st and 2nd choice in case the 1st choice is no longer available.

**as mentioned above, orders placed on 1st-come-1st-serve and will depend on my yarn supply**

Please visit my Relay Dashboard to see why I am doing this: Erin's Relay Center

Below are pix of the ones finished so far (and up for grabs)...I am steady making these scarves right these ones below won't be all there is:

Pink Passion

Mixed Berries

God Bless!

Erin Wright

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."      ~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~

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