by Emily Waldrep
An organization in Tyler County has been helping fund advances in medicine since 2005, and are now ready to kick off their next fundraising event and raffle. The Raggie Mae Quilters sewing group was started seven years ago by Beth Ivans and Pat Zachary to help raise awareness and money to aide in research and finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis patients. Cystic fibrosis is a disease passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive tract, and other areas of the body. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults.
The Raggie Mae Quilters have raised over $15,000 over, and have Tyler County citizens to thank for playing a huge role in some great advances made towards the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis.
The group gets together to make a quilt each year. Each member has a hand in the production of the quilt. This year's beautiful quilt will be raffled to one lucky winner at the Quilters Tea, which is held on May 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Spurger. The fun, informal tea is free to attend and there will be tea, food, and entertainment from Rhonda Bigsby, as well as a boutique where various handmade items that the quilters have made can be purchased.
To win the quilt, raffle tickets can be purchased from any Raggie Mae group member, or by contacting Pat Zachary (429-3149) or Beth Ivans (429-5300). One hundred percent of the proceeds from the tickets and items bought at the tea will be used to aid in finding a cure of Cystic Fibrosis.