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Verde Village woman quilts to fight cancer

Quilter and cancer survivor Eunice Perschke presents a quilt of pinks and purples to Gina Harris of the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare. The quilt’s raffle will raise money in the fight against cancer.

Quilter and cancer survivor Eunice Perschke presents a quilt of pinks and purples to Gina Harris of the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare. The quilt’s raffle will raise money in the fight against cancer.

COTTONWOOD - A Verde Village woman wants to give back, again.

She was a breast cancer survivor three and a half years ago. Husband Richard also overcame bladder cancer three years before that.

"The hardest part is waiting for the results," a process that takes about six days. "Once you know, then you can begin the fight," Eunice Perschke recalls.

A quilt she has assembled is doing double-duty to raise money for cancer awareness and the cure.

Eunice's niece lives in Mission Viejo, Calif., and is a member of the "Irvine Housewives". When the group joined the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Eunice wanted to help out and use her enormous skills as a quilter. She had donated money in 2008.

She has a remarkable skill for assembling disparate swatches into a blaze of warmth and color.

"This is my love. I love putting colors together," she said.

She said she was already making a quilt to help a neighbor celebrate her 90-plus birthday and didn't know if she could accomplish both tasks in time. But, a voice told her to go ahead. She hand-made squares for the quilt and each one was sold to raise money for the California campaign, a total of $200.

Now, Eunice has assembled the squares into a pink and purple quilt and is donating it again, for a raffle at the Upbeat Retreat, a retreat for women cancer survivors, to be held beginning next week at the Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott.

The retreat is expected to draw about 55 cancer survivors from throughout the area, according to Gina Harris, the Community Outreach Liaison for the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare.

The retreat provides activities and games, exercises, massages and sound meditation healing, facials, speakers and other activities. Eunice had joined the fun while recovering from her bout. Now her quilt will add to the resources for the ongoing battle with cancers.

Eunice and Richard are also putting on their tennis shoes to be part of the upcoming Relay for Life to be held at Riverfront Park this year.

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