January 07, 2010

A Quilt for Kyle

I'm not watching the BCS bowl because Colt McCoy got hurt and it's not a fair game anymore.

It's cold here in S. FL. It's not cold here like it is where the rest of y'all live, but it's cold enough that for the first time we've been having to drain our solar hot water panel on the roof of our home for fear it will freeze.

I was slated to run the Disney Half on Saturday, but am still recovering from an injury from the Halloween Half. I can't remember the last time I was so thankful... I think it might snow during that race. It's going to suck. I'll be here. Woot!

So. What did I do this Christmas vacation?

I finished Kyle's quilt.

When I did the Virginia Beach Half for Team in Training, I did it for a young man named Kyle. Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia nearly 8 years ago. He had a bone marrow in 2006, after relapsing multiple times using chemo. As if fighting cancer were not bad enough, without going into detail, he got a bad infection and has been fighting for his life ever since.

The cancer will not take him... if anything does it is the after effects.

And so while Mentoring this team, I thought it would be nice if we created a quilt for Kyle... something for him to keep to remember that he was our Honored Hero. There were 15 of us... half doing the VA Beach Half (did I mention I could live in VA in a heartbeat?) and the other did the Nike Women's in San Fran (I couldn't do San Fran).

I cut the squares, handed them out with directions, and asked only that people create a message for him. Unfortunately, only seven people participated. So I downloaded logos and created squares to fill it in and what you see below is the finished product. (His mother was a Mentor on our team... you can see her in the middle of the quilt in a picture she gave me of the two of them.)

I think he was happy when I delivered it tonight. They are moving to Duke this month... he gets far superior care at the Duke Medical Center and there is hope that they can save him. He said he wants it hung on the wall of his room at the hospital.

He turns 22 next week. He has been fighting this since he was 14.

My great pride? I was able to make this quilt for $10!!! I have so much dang fabric around this house, I had only to buy something to iron on the pictures and I did purchase the blue fabric (Kyle's favorite color) which cost me $1.33. All the rest of the fabric, from the white squares to my favorite batik fabric (I love batiks)... I had!

Keep Kyle in your prayers please. He is such a good kid... and the horror show continues. A young man who has never kissed a girl, never held her hand, never been on a date, never went to high school and messed around like other kids, never... has done so much.

This may be a better picture for color... it is a deep purple around the pictures.

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Posted by Boudicca at January 7, 2010 11:07 PM

That's lovely Bou, you have such a big heart.

Posted by: Amanda at January 8, 2010 12:11 AM

I am sure he will love it! :D

Posted by: PeggyU at January 8, 2010 05:50 AM

DUMC is where my daughter had her surgery, radiation, and began her chemo. It is where we went more times than I can count during her year and a half of treatment. There are good people there, it's a good place for him - hoping he beats it.

Posted by: patti at January 8, 2010 08:38 AM

I'll be thinking happy thoughts for Kyle.

And, I'll be freezing my ass off tomorrow morning for the Disney 1/2!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at January 8, 2010 09:46 AM

What an absolutely beautiful quilt! I have been including Kyle in my thoughts and prayers since you first told us about him - what a remarkable young man...

Bou, I don't know if I want to hug you for the beautiful things you do, or chastise you for making my cry... I think I will go for the virtual hug... {{hugs}} - you give more than you know - including us readers!

Posted by: jck at January 8, 2010 11:52 AM

There is an energy in the universe that heals hearts in all directions when one is apart of healing another. Thanks for helping heal hearts. You are a Guru of the Jungle. love~

Posted by: mom at January 8, 2010 04:09 PM


Posted by: Yabu at January 9, 2010 06:59 AM

Bou - You are such a nice person. If there is a heaven, you will go there. I am honored to be your friend.

Posted by: Denny at January 9, 2010 09:30 AM

DUMC is where he had his initial bone marrow. They take the best care of him there. He loves the staff... his spirits are higher.

We're all in this together. All trying to get through one day at a time... and if one tries to ease the suffering of others, I cannot help but think that only good things will come all around.

Posted by: Bou at January 10, 2010 11:15 PM

While I agree with the other posters that you do so many good things, I really have to wonder about people who cannot be bothered to give a damn about others. How can you live with yourself when you see what some people have to do to even exist and not do something to help. Truly mindboggling to me.

Posted by: dick at January 13, 2010 08:17 AM