Moffitt to display quilt honoring patients with LMS

June 02, 2006

Tampa, FL -- June is Sarcoma Awareness Month. To help bring awareness, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will display a quilt honoring the lives of patients with leiomyosarcoma or LMS and those living with the disease. Sarcoma is a rare cancer and leiomyosarcoma is a rare form of sarcoma. A dedication ceremony will be held June 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Moffitt Clinic Building, Arts in Medicine studio on the 3rd floor.

This project started about four years ago and is the brainchild of Karen Gibson, a mother whose daughter was diagnosed with LMS. Karen made a block for her daughter and it is in the quilt that will be on display. There are currently two quilts and work is underway on a third. They have traveled all over the United States. The quilts have been displayed at numerous fund raisers, walks and golf outings, been present at funerals at the request of family members and in Washington, D.C., to welcome a father who ran from the middle of the country to the nation’s capital on behalf of his daughter to bring awareness to the disease. Patients can also request the quilts in their hospital rooms if they are having a particularly tough time in their treatments.

The current keeper of the quilt is Bobbie Keller, a quilter and sarcoma survivor.

“I have had the honor of making a number of blocks for people who do not feel comfortable doing so for inclusion in the quilts,” says Keller. “I believe this is one way I could give back to those suffering from LMS.”

The quilt will be on display in the Arts in Medicine studio June 5-11 and the following week it is to be on display in the Sarcoma Unit.

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.