Stitching quilts for the Susan G. Komen Race for the CureUPDATED 4:30 PM HST Aug 26, 2014Video Transcript
Every cancer survivor knows the truth behind that song lyric. KITV4 is a proud partner once again in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the coming weeks we'll feature stories that highlight survivors and emphasize the importance of public education on this devastating disease that strikes one out of every 8 women in this country. Tonight KITV4's Pamela Young meets a woman who's doing her part, one stitch at a time. 01-05 19-24 127-131 The Nakasone home is a canvas for mom Sharon, who's been gathering remnants and scraps of fabric for decades. With an eye for color and sense of design she's made hundreds of quilts. But a diagnosis of breast cancer and a double mastectomy 6 years ago had her thinking pink. 24:13 " SUSAN KOMEN IS DIFFCIULT BECAUSE IT'S ALL THIS DARK PINK AND I FEEL IF I DID EVERYTHING MONOCHROMIC IT WON'T JUMP AT YOU SO I USE CERTAIN COLORS THAT WILL BLEND NICELY TOGETHER AND I LOVE CONTRAST." Her Komen quilts, using cut up T-shirts take hours to complete. She gives them to fellow survivors, or to the Komen organization to auction off at fundraising events. 25:27 PEOPLE WHO MAKE HAWAIIAN QUILTS FEEL PART OF THEIR PERSONAL MANNA TRANSFERS ONTO THE QUILT FOR THE RECIPIENT, SO SAME PRINCIPAL. 22:56 IF I GO TO A FABRIC STORE AND I SEE SOME FABRICS THAT JUMPS AT ME, SAYING BUY ME, BUY ME, I SAY OK, I GOTTA TAKE THAT ONE HOME WITH ME. And she hopes her quilts speak to their recipients, reminding them they are not alone. 21:35 YOU KNOW WHEN YOU TALK TO SURVIVORS YOU GET THAT OHANA FEEL AND YOU FEEL THAT THEY'RE PART OF YOU, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE STITCHED INTO THE QUILT NOT VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE: THE LOVE OF SOMEONE DEVOTED TO THE CRAFT, AND CONCERN OF SOMEONE WHO KNOWS FIRST-HAND PAIN, HEALING AND RECOVERY. IN MOANALUA GARDENSK, PY, KITV4N. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is October 19th at Kapiolani Park.