CASS COUNTY – Paige Baier is like a lot of other people.
She has relatives and friends who suffered from cancer, including some who didn’t win the fight.
One of those people was her Godmother.
“Before (she passed away), she had been a great quilter, and she passed that on to me,” Baier said.
She also had a friend who suffered from the disease.
“A friend of mine had kidney cancer when she was in third grade,” she said. “When she got it, (I thought, cancer) is something pretty big.”
Baier then discovered a way to take her love of quilting, and use it to play a part in fighting the disease.
The 4-H member has been making and exhibiting quilts for 4-H projects, and recently just finished her third one. It’s unique in the colors in the pattern all represent a color for a different type of cancer. Most people are familiar with the fact that breast cancer is represented by the color pink, but, for example, the color yellow represents childhood cancer and the green jade green, represents liver cancer.
Baier and her parents decided they wanted to do something to raise money as well as honor those currently suffering from the disease and remember those who have lost their battle with it. They spoke with Cass County Relay For Life Chairman Carole Schuler. Schuler suggested taking Baier’s latest quilt, and offering it as a raffle drawing prize.
The quilt will be on display during the upcoming Festival of Trees event, according to Schuler, and people will be able to purchase tickets there for the raffle drawing. Tickets will be $5 each or $20 for five tickets. The drawing will take place during the 2020 Relay For Life Event.
According to organizers, the Festival of Trees will be held Dec. 5 through Dec. 8 at the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic, and the event is sponsored by the Cass County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Hours for the event are as follows: Dec. 5: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 6: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Dec. 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The cost to attend the Festival of Trees, which includes a variety of decorate trees and displays, is a free will donation. There will be cookies and beverage served throughout the event, and soup will be served on Dec. 8. There will also be performances by local artist on Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Baier’s quilt and other raffle items will be on display, and members of the Royal Neighbors of America group will match the raffle funds that are raised during the event.
For her part, Baier is excited to be a part of the raffle drawing because of the difference her contribution could make.
“I think the most excited thing is to help kids and people who have it to get over it,” Baier said. “ And find a cure. Maybe even prevent it. If I could prevent something or scientist could event find (a cure), I would be very, very grateful.”