by Karen Humphrey
24" x 40"

"Roses are red, violets are blue..."

How appropriate that the pink rose should be a symbol of breast cancer. The rose has long been the symbol of love and gratitude. The pink rose actually carries a connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, while light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy. These beautiful roses have consistently held their place of prominence in the world of flowers. The pink rose is suspected to be the longest existing roses known to us and enjoys its own unique position representing elegance and refinement as well as communicating thanks and admiration. So many of these characteristics are used to describe women. Beast cancer is predominately found in women, but 1% of the cases have been found in men.

This quilt is dedicated to my friend Carolyn Ledbetter. Carolyn's love extended far beyond her husband and 3 children. She opened not only her heart but her home as a housemother at Texas Baptist Children's Home where she helped other mothers with children get back on their feet. Her fight against her breast cancer brought out more grace and elegance then any well trained debutant. I never heard her say a crossword during this tough time. Her strong belief in God gave her the courage she needed to help her family and friends with her impending death. She had already put herself in His hands, she just had to guide the rest of us to that knowledge. After her long battle God took Carolyn home.

To you Carolyn, my friend, a bouquet of pink roses with my gratitude for all you taught me. And to all who have and are battling cancer.

Donated to the Dripping Springs Relay For Life Event to raise funds for cancer awareness and research.