You've probably never seen a quilt quite like this one: two dozen vintage Harley Davidson T-shirts from around the world carefully stitched together over months to support a young Fort St. John girl's fight with cancer.
Bobbi Pardy has spent some 60 hours piecing the quilt together with the help of friends since last October. The king-sized masterpiece is finally complete and ready for auction this weekend to raise funds for Adaura Cayford.
The Cayfords have become like school family, said Pardy, whose youngest daughter Dezlynne has grown up alongside Adaura's sister, Alexandra.
Adaura's life was turned upside down last summer when she was diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). Surgical removal isn’t an option, and young Adaura has already toughed it through dozens of rounds of radiation.
"I had to do something," Pardy said. "I thought this was something I could do. It's my time and that's it."
Pardy started the quilt with nine shirts she already had on hand thanks to her husband. She put the word out, and more shirts came in from across B.C. and around the world— as far away as Saudi Arabia and Ecuador.
"It's a really cool T-shirt quilt," Pardy said.
The Cayford family and Fort St. John community has slowly been raising the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for a potentially life-saving treatment in its trial stages overseas.
Adaura’s medication costs up to $5,000 per month, and the family is looking at up to $1 million or more to help prolong Adaura’s life and ease her suffering with the treatment.
A 10-day auction starts Feb. 21 through Facebook, Pardy said. She's working to find a venue in Fort St. John to display the quilt to the public during the auction.
The reserve bid is $2,500, and the auction will be worldwide, Pardy said. She hopes to raise upwards of $10,000 to support the Cayfords.
"I feel fantastic about it," Pardy said. "I've been getting lots of compliments about the quilt."
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