Quilt raffle to raise money for med conference

Published 9:28 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

The Suffolk grandparents of a North Carolina high school sophomore are raffling a quilt at Quilt With Me — among other strategies in the pipeline — so she can attend a youth medicine conference.

Dianne Bonneau said she and husband George are currently in the “thought process” stage of a fundraising campaign for their granddaughter. Tickets are available in the quilt raffle, however.

Hanging on display at the quilt store’s new location at 1574 Holland Road, the quilt measures 85 inches by 72 inches and was made on the fly from peacock fabric, Bonneau said.

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“I kind of made it up as I went along and it turned out more awesome than I had anticipated,” she said.

Bonneau’s granddaughter, Cheyenne Scott, was nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine’s North Carolina event by her teachers at Gates County High School, Bonneau said.

On its website, the forum is billed as “the nation’s foremost program in pre-medical education for high school students.”

Scott already volunteers with a Gates County rescue service, and her mother and sister are both EMTs, Bonneau said.

“Her goal is to tap into the medical field,” Bonneau said, saying her granddaughter knows she wants to be a doctor, but not yet what kind of doctor.

The 10-day forum in Raleigh-Durham would bring Scott into contact with various inspirational speakers, Bonneau said.

Scott is “extremely interested” in the burns unit at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus.

But tuition alone for the forum — due by May 11 — is $2,654, according to Bonneau.

“We have raised some money already and are working on a car wash and some other ideas,” she said.

The winner of the quilt will be announced at the store on April 21.

Anyone wishing to support Scott can call the quilt store on 539-0009.