Quilt show is fundraiser for ALS clinic

Proceeds benefit research and patient care for Lou Gehrig’s disease

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 100 colorful quilts made by talented local quilters will be on display at the historic Seneca Center in Morgantown June 6 - 7 as part of an event to raise money for the WVU Healthcare ALS Clinic.

ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, affects the motor neurons, muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.

“The Celebration of Quilts” is sponsored by the Country Roads Quilt Shop, which sells fabric and holds classes for quilters. Owner Peggy Ellwood said the fundraiser was inspired by a quilter whose husband was diagnosed with ALS last year.

“This is such a devastating disease. We needed to do something more than just give her a hug every time she came through the door. We had to take action,” Ellwood said.

The quilt show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 6 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. It will include a silent auction of mini quilts, a quilt raffle, and a new cookbook available for purchase. “The Sew Darn Good Cookbook” features more than 500 recipes submitted by quilters from the community and costs $15. Ellwood says all proceeds will benefit the ALS clinic.  

“We greatly appreciate their fundraising efforts,” Christopher Nance, M.D., WVU Healthcare neurologist and medical director of the ALS clinic, said. “The needs of ALS patients are many, and all money raised goes toward helping them with equipment and therapy needed to treat this unfortunately progressive disease.”

The WVU Healthcare ALS clinic has been providing comprehensive care for people with neuromuscular diseases since 1994. It is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, pulmonologists, speech/swallow therapists, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, and physical and occupational therapists. It also conducts clinical trials of new treatments for people with ALS and offers support groups and education for patients and families.


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
alj: 05-30-14

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