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Date: 8/13/2010

Local Woman donates Time & Talent to create Afghan for Cancer Resource Centre Fundraiser

Cancer survivor and Dyer resident Carole Selund has created a masterpiece afghan which will be raffled with proceeds benefiting the programs of the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.

Marking her fifth year as a cancer survivor, Dyer resident Carole Selund has poured all the hope and faith built up on her journey into knitting an heirloom afghan. Proceeds from the afghan raffle will benefit the programs of the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.

After Selund was diagnosed with breast cancer in December, 2005 and successfully treated, she turned to the Cancer Resource Centre for guidance and support. A program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, Inc., the Cancer Resource Centre is dedicated to educating, informing, and uplifting individuals fighting cancer along with their family members.

“The Centre is a place that offers patients and families a relaxed atmosphere where we can celebrate life, deal with hardships, and find answers to questions,” says Selund. “Here, I’ve met a special circle of friends - the Knit One, Nurture Too group - who inspired me to take on this project.”

Created in colors of sand, sea, earth and sky, the 25-square piece represent the unique design contributions of 25 master knitters from across the United States. Described as a sampler of the history of knitting, the needlework incorporates intricate stitches and patterns that result in a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Knitting when time was available, Selund embarked on a journey that she thought would last only a few months. The easy squares took just a few days apiece. As she worked more challenging squares, she realized it would take patience, hope and faith to finish — much like her battle with cancer. Two and a half years later, after learning many new techniques, how to bring the squares together, crochet a border, and add a liner to the back of the afghan, she again found that she had triumphed over a once daunting task.

Jane Bomberger, director of special projects for the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. and a cancer survivor herself, explains that the knitting program was developed as a way to reduce the stress of a cancer diagnosis, build friendships, and help others.

Knit One, Nurture Too is a mind/body/spirit program for cancer patients, loved ones and friends that meets the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at The Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Road. The group makes handmade hats, scarves, sweaters and afghans for Community Hospital Oncology unit, women’s shelters and other charitable organizations in Northwest Indiana. Knit One, Nurture Too began with four members and has grown to more than 20 participants since inception in 2006.

Group members, who range from first-time to experienced needle crafters, knit or crochet seven-inch squares. The squares are crocheted or whip-stitched together to make blankets or afghans for organizations such as warming shelters or domestic violence shelters. The group has evolved to create other projects, too.

Dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care available in Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago, visits have totaled more than 18,300 since the Centre first opened its doors seven years ago. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge. Individuals do not need to be patients of Community Hospital or Community Healthcare System to benefit from Centre programming.

Raffle tickets are available at the Cancer Resource Centre, 926 Ridge Road, Munster, and are $2 each. Call for more information 219-836-3349. Learn more about the Cancer Resource Centre by visiting www.cancerresourcecentre.com.