Quilt draws attention to group

2010-10-08T11:00:00Z Quilt draws attention to groupChris Zavadil/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
October 08, 2010 11:00 am  • 

A quilt being raffled by HONOReform will be on display next week at Fremont National Bank's 23rd Street location.

The organization is selling 1,000 chances for the quilt at $5 each or five for $20. Tickets are available at FNB.

The queen-sized quilt with a Giant Castle pattern was made by Sophia Vinduska of Plattsmouth, the mother of Evelyn McKnight, who was one of 99 Nebraskans infected with hepatitis C in a 2000-2001 outbreak linked to a Fremont doctor who has since left the country.

"She's a great quilter, she's quilted for many years," McKnight said of her mother. "It was something she felt she could do to help out the cause."

The raffle winner will be drawn during a Nov. 12 HONOReform event at the Fremont Golf Club.

Event committee member Jennifer Benson said it will be the first fund raiser HONOReform has ever done in Fremont and will include dinner, an auction and guest speakers.

"People are paying to come and there will be table sponsors. There's lots of ways we're trying to raise money for the event and the foundation," she said.

The event is also intended to raise awareness of the HONOReform Foundation, she pointed out.

Personalized quilts, another HONOReform fund raiser, will be displayed at the event.

"We're working with the Prairie Peacemakers quilt guild and they came up with the design," McKnight explained. The wall-hanging quilts can honor individual victims.

I Love Sewing, Country Traditions and Embroidery Connections are helping with that effort.

HONOReform and the HONOReform Foundation are nonprofit organizations established by survivors and family members of the Fremont outbreak. Its members strive to increase awareness of the threats posed by healthcare transmission and preventive measures that can be taken.

Executive Director Steve Langan said fund raising will benefit three HONOReform programs in 2011.

"We have established a compassionate response toolkit for people affected by outbreaks," he explained. "These funds are going to help us print and market this toolkit.

"Creighton University students worked on it for a year with us and really helped. There's a comprehensive handbook for people affected by outbreaks of blood borne pathogens.

"The second program," he continued, "is we're starting a national support group. It's going to be a telephone support group so we'll be able to provide a moderator and bring together all these people we've been working with all over the country that have been affected. It will probably be once a month to start.

"We're also putting together funding so that HONOReform can respond to outbreaks, so we can travel to those sites and be present and hold press conferences," Langan said.

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