Stephanie L. Miner Quilt Enters Seventh Year of Making a Difference

Developed in 2008 as a way to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, the Stephanie L. Miner Quilt has done just that over the past seven years.

The quilt is made each year by Bev Hettinger, a friend of the San Luis Valley Health Foundation and is auctioned off at the annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk/Run.  To date, the quilt has raised over $7,000 for the Foundation.

“I had not been able to go to the walks because we were traveling so much,” explained Hettinger.  “My mom died in 1991 from breast cancer, so I make the quilts in remembrance of her.”

Each quilt is unique in that it is made from T-Shirts from previous year’s Stephanie L. Miner walks and other events. 

Several local businesses have also participated in the project, allowing the quilt to be displayed in their buildings.  This year, the quilt started out on display at SLV Federal Bank and was pictured in The Pulse last week at Alamosa State Bank with President Russell Achatz.  The quilt is now on display at First Southwest Bank in Alamosa and will finish its rotation at SLV Federal Bank in Monte Vista and Heartstrings and Heirlooms before being auctioned off.

“We are so grateful to Bev for all of her hard work, love and commitment to this project,” said Kelly Gurule, Director of San Luis Valley Health’s Foundation.  “We would also like to thank the businesses that have displayed the quilt and have supported our upcoming event.”

This year’s Stephanie L. Miner 5K Walk/Run will be held on October 4th at 10 a.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa.