Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Quilt of Dreams helps hospital


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Members of Shelby Heinrich's Girl Scout troop have a place in their hearts for service projects related to children.

They know what Shelby, now 14, went through four years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer.

"She is now cancer free and doing OK,'' said her father, Doug Heinrich of Bridgetown, "She and her troop members get involved in lots of projects involving children.''

The most recent one was the Quilt of Dreams project, which challenges people to make and donate quilts to the patients at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Members of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1251, seventh- and eighth-graders from Bridgetown Middle School, made 10 quilts. Troop leaders and a parent, Holly Heinrich, Shelby's mother, added two more.

"The girls and a parent made the six-hour quilt,'' said Barb Krupa, troop co-leader. "It took them longer than six hours because the girls had very little experience in sewing. They always volunteer to do anything they can to help other children being treated for catastrophic illnesses.''

St. Jude cares for children with cancer and does cancer research.

The members of the troop met Kaye Wood, a quilter, author, teacher and designer, Krupa said. Wood designed the patterns used in the quilts. The quilts were made and donated through Hancock Fabrics to St Jude's.

Krupa said Mary Kaeser, owner of Cobblewood Quilt Center, a nonprofit organization in Forest Park, donated teaching time, her center and all the materials needed to make the quilts.

Other members of the troop are Lisa Waltamath, Heather Hoeffer, Carly Schaeffer, Lindsay Wright, Christina Kreimer, Laura Krupa, Vanessa Engler, Rebecca Barrett, and Laura and Jenny Sucher. Gayle Rapien is troop leader.

Campaign prayer breakfast

Bishop Paul Alexander Bowers, diocesan bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc., will kick off the annual fund campaign for the Lincoln Crawford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with a keynote speech Saturday.

The prayer breakfast will start at 9 a.m. at Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church, 2324 May St., Walnut Hills.

Bowers is also pastor at Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, 1150 West Galbraith Road, Finneytown.

The campaign raises money for resident's unfunded needs, said Erika Jay, director of publicity for the center.

Bowers was formerly chairman of the Ohio District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies; the diocesan bishop of the Carolina Council; and the assistant general secretary, general secretary and assistant presiding bishop.

"We are delighted to have Bishop Bowers headline our prayer breakfast,'' said Richard Binenfeld, executive director of the center. "He is a builder, and we couldn't think of a better way to kick off our annual fund campaign then on the solid foundation of his sermon.''

POSITIVELY KIDS: Scholarship winners

Matthew Borths and Bernie Wen each received a $5,000 college scholarship award as honorable mention winners in the Lloyd J. Banks Scholarship program funded by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. The award recognizes children of employees for academic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated leadership, work experience and written communication.

Matthew, son of Anthem associate Robert Borths, is a recent St. Xavier High School graduate who plans to attend Ohio State University.

Bernie, son of Anthem associate Linda Tsai, graduated from Sycamore High School and will attend the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Leadership forum

Kelly Hoyt attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Chicago in June. She and other students selected have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in a career in medicine. They were introduced to a variety of concepts in public health, medical ethics, research and general practice during the 10-day forum.

The Seton High School junior is daughter of Melissa Hoyt of Covedale.

New Eagle Scout

Alexander Hall, of Troop 502 of Indian Hill has earned the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America, the Eagle award. For his community service project, he developed a trail with bridges, steps and signs for hikers in Green Acres Outdoor Educational Center.

The Indian Hill High School graduate is son of Laura and Taft Hall of Kenwood.

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