Eight years ago, my nephew Collin started a fundraising campaign in support of the ALS Association and the work they do to assist families who are battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS disables motor neurons which weakens muscle function. The disease can strike anyone and approximately 5,600 people in the US are diagnosed each year. My brother-in-law, Ed, battled ALS with enormous strength and courage. I make a quilt each year to honor his memory and to support my nephew in his dedication to this wonderful organization. If I were to make only one quilt a year, it would be for this event. This year I donated Picnic.
Josh Thompson, the son of Quilters Dream owner, Kathy Thompson, was stricken with this illness. To honor her son and to raise awareness of this devastating illness, Kathy started the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS. I am a huge fan of Quilter's Dream Batting and not just because it is an excellent product, well-made, easy to work with and reasonably priced: I love QDB because of their dedication to those who live with ALS, their support of scientists who are determined to find a cure and their commitment to increase awareness of ALS. If you use their batting, you may have read the insert found in their packaging. You can make quilts for people with ALS, or as part of an exhibit to raise awareness of the disease. The minimum size is 34" x 44". The deadline is July 31 of every year. Check out their Facebook page to see the latest.
I know you can do this, so PLEASE, do.