Memory quilt inspires charitable giving


Noreen Graham, third from right, presents a quilt made in honor of Tina Burbank to Tina’s daughters, Madeline and Katherine, far right. Also shown are Donna Johnson, far left, Tina’s sister, and Lynne Taikowski, second from left, of the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center’s Advisory Board.

A quilt made in memory of Tina Burbank, who died from complications from metastatic breast cancer in July 2013, has helped raise more than $5,000 for the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center’s programs for women in need. The quilt was presented to her daughters, Madeline and Katherine, in a ceremony on June 14.

This is the second quilt that Noreen Graham, a member of the Northern Star Quilters Guild, has created to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center. Graham, who has been quilting for 20 years, learned about the center through its teen supporters, the girls who put together the Catwalk for a Cure fashion shows that raise money for the center’s programs for women in need.

Graham wanted to contribute to the Catwalk effort, and one of her quilts was auctioned at a Fairfield Catwalk to raise money for the breast care center. Her second quilt uses Burbank’s garden as an inspiration and is emblematic of Burbank’s love, courage and determination.

“We hope Tina’s quilt will inspire others to lend their support to the Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center,” said Lynne Taikowski, a member of the center’s Advisory Board and President’s Council. “Their generosity will become part of this handcrafted legacy for Tina’s daughters.”

The Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center provides more than 1,000 women with financial assistance for breast care services each year.

Catwalk for a Cure: An Evening of Family Fashion and Fun, is organized by students from local high schools to help raise money for programs for women in need at the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. The young women plan every aspect of the show, from sending invitations to modeling fashions from local retailers. Businesses from the community pitch in to help make the evening a success, donating hair and make-up services and clothing.

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