Down by the River Quilt Guild donates to SOMC Heart and Vascular
In honor of Heart Month, Down by the River Quilt Guild donated a beautiful, red dress inspired quilt to the Heart and Vascular Department. The quilt was on display for all patients, families and staff to see during the month of February.
A raffle was held and a lucky winner was chosen to take the quilt home, while the donations from the raffle went towards the Heart and Vascular Fund. Lisa Conley was surprised when she received a call to let her know that her name had been drawn as the winner of the quilt. Little did the staff know the heartwarming story behind the win.
When Lisa came to claim her prize, she didn’t come alone. She was joined by her parents, Roy and Bertha. She told the staff how her father had a heart attack and was cared for at SOMC. When she went to visit her dad, she saw the quilt and entered the raffle where she bought five tickets and her mother bought 10, so they joked that Bertha should have had the better chance of winning. Her mother echoed how they would pass the quilt and admired how beautiful it was. Her mother and father, who is now out of the hospital and recovering well, were excited to find out they could see the quilt often at their daughter’s house.
Lisa, Roy and Bertha joined Amy Fraulini, administrative director of Critical Care and Heart and Vascular Services to pose for a photo with her prize. Lisa grabbed her father’s hand and you could feel the joy radiating from them.
After the photo, the quilt was folded and handed to Lisa. Without saying a word, Lisa gave the quilt to her mother. Her mother was speechless to learn she was now the lucky winner who would get to take the quilt she admired home with her.
A month ago, Lisa and Bertha saw the quilt as they visited Roy in the hospital. Now, the meaningful quilt will be displayed in their own home. Roy and Bertha walked hand in hand out of the hospital with Lisa, holding the quilt that will now be admired on their own wall.