Crafts for the Cure to raise money for Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety

North Penn Life - - News - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nal­reg­is­

Rhoda Gansler’s daugh­ter, Me­lanie, de­vel­oped breast can­cer in 2001, and ovar­ian can­cer a year later. She died in 2004 at the age of 43.

Gansler, a cro­chet in­struc­tor at A.C. Moore, had her daugh­ter in mind when she came up for the idea for Crafts for the Cure, which will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the store, lo­cated at 978 Bethlehem Pike in Mont­gomeryville. Hand­made items, in­clud­ing scarves, hats, baby items and more — all pink — will be avail­able for bid, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety.

“This is very, very mean­ing­ful for me,” she said. “I know so many peo­ple who’ve had breast can­cer and I just feel we have to give back and help and do what we can.”

Gansler lives in Mont­gomery Town­ship and par­tic­i­pates in breast can­cer fundrais­ers ev­ery year. The idea to or­ga­nize the event and hold it in Oc­to­ber, which is Na­tional Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, came to her over the sum­mer.

She asked the students in her two cro­chet classes if they’d be will­ing to craft some pink items for the event. A. C. Moore gave her the green light to have it at the store and Gansler and her group got busy.

“I have so much pink in my liv­ing room, I could O.D. on it,” Gansler said.

About 40 items will be avail­able for bid. Bids will be sold for $ 1 each, or six for $ 5. At­ten­dees can bid by writ­ing the amount they’re will­ing to pay and their contact in­for­ma­tion on a ticket and the win­ners will be an­nounced at 4 p. m. [ Win- ners who aren’t present will be con­tacted.]

They’ll also have smaller items, such as book­marks, key chains and hair scrunchies, avail­able for pur­chase for $1 each.

About a half-dozen of the women who cre­ated the items will be at the event work­ing on more cro­chet projects.

One of the cro­cheters is Lil­lian John­son of Lans­dale. In her 80s, John­son took up cro­chet­ing three years ago through Gansler’s class at A.C. Moore.

“I’m just fin­ish­ing one of my projects, a scarf,” John­son said, adding that it has two shades of pink on it. “I hope peo­ple re­al­ize that it’s im­por­tant that they come out and sup­port this.”

Some of the store em­ploy­ees are also do­nat­ing items. Nancy Decker, a store man­ager, is do­nat­ing some pa­per craft items and other em­ploy­ees are giv­ing hand­made jew­elry, a flower ar­range­ment, knit­ted and cro­cheted items and a paint­ing.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PATTON

Rhoda Gansler shows off some of the home­made items that will be for sale dur­ing the Crafts for the Cure event Oct. 20.

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