Faithful Friends gear up for Relay for Life
Run. Walk. Give. Pray for a cure
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
I-16,O-72,B-3, N56, the numbers were called by Vonda
Miller as the only sound from the crowd was an intake of breath,
until, BINGO was called loud and clear and a Longaberger
basket found new arms to hold it.
Those in attendance at the Faithful Friends bingo event held last
week at the Osgood Community Building didnt mind putting
down their money for a bingo card and the chance to win a quality
prize. Better yet, they were enthusiastic about sharing their
funds for one common cause - to find a cure for cancer.
Participating in Ripley County Relay For Life event for the fourth
year, a group of 11 women, who call themselves the Faithful Friends,
sponsored the bingo to raise money.
What if your dollar was the one that found a cure?
Miller enthused as she thanked each person who has contributed
to the cause.
Faithful Friends were able to raise $1000 at the bingo - the largest
single fundraiser theyve had this year. Theyve held
soup suppers, yard sales and other events to raise money. The
group consisting of Miller, Chris Miller, Bonnie Miller, Evelyn
Miller, Marcia Billman, Vickie Holman, Jean Huber, Sarah Gibbs,
Ona Peetz, Peggy Benham and Tammy Dilk, have been true to their
name and been faithful to meet in homes on Sunday afternoons for
brainstorming sessions. How can we raise money to help others?
is the focus question.
Chris Millers life was touched by the dreadful disease when
her mother, Bobbie Maddux, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She
lost the battle and died at the age of 50.
With tear filled eyes, Chris described her sorrow as she knew
her mother was losing ground But, Bobbie had a plan to leave a
little touch of love with each of her children even after she
was gone. She began to design potholders - an elaborate design
that was weaved and folded, sewn in a special way, perhaps weaving
her love and memories for her children to cherish. She began making
these squares of love in every holiday material. There were ones
for Christmas, Valentines Day and so on. Bobbie couldnt
complete her legacy of love before cancer claimed her life.
Looking at the material and the task ahead, Chris cried, Ill
never be able to finish these. But, she did. And not only
did she carry out her mothers wishes for her and her siblings,
an idea was born. Why couldnt we get pink material
and make them to sell to generate money to find a cure?
And, thats exactly what the Faithful Friends did. Gathered
in a living room there was a frenzy of measuring, cutting, ironing,
and assembling little potholders of hope. Even my husband,
Larry, was ironing, laughed Vonda Miller, as she told about
Packaged pretty in pink, the potholder ensemble has cookie cutters
in the cancer ribbon design giving the group the hope that a cure
will be found through the creation of a cancer patient and the
last laugh will be on the disease itself. Bobbie was a nurse at
St. Vincents Jennings County Hospital and as she helped
people in life, her legacy to help others continued in each thread
sewn into the potholders.
We hope to have more made and have them available on site
at the Relay For Life event on June 16 and 17, noted Miller.
She encourages anyone who wants an uplifting experience to come
to the June event at the Batesville High School track. Any
one can walk, you dont have to be part of a team,
she noted, adding, Its the most amazing thing Ive
ever done. With all of the terrible stuff that goes on in the
world, to see a community come together like this is so amazing.
Miller reflected on her first walk and said as she neared the
finish line she was dragging. Then it occurred to her, what
Im enduring at this moment is nothing - nothing compared
to what a cancer patient goes through.
Two of Millers favorite moments at the 24-hour event, are
the first lap that is walked by cancer survivors and the luminary
service. It is so touching, she noted.
The theme for this years relay Where there is life
there is hope will be worn on T-shirts by members of the
Faithful Friends where they will make their final bid to raise
money for cancer research.
Every little bit helps, no gift is too small, Miller
concluded saying they are thankful for every cent given to the
cause. We cannot let cancer win! she emphatically
echoed throughout the interview with the Osgood Journal.
Those wanting to help the team can send a check to Vonda Miller
at 4440 N CR25E, Osgood, IN 47037, made payable to Ripley County
Relay For Life.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Patsy Bradley of Holton, is all smiles as she has the
winning combination to bingo on this beautiful Longaberger
basket. Brooklyn Billman, 14, presented her with the prize.
"We couldn't do without Brooklyn," Vonda Miller
noted, saying she is a mainstay at all of the functions
and works really hard for the cause.