Survivor's Quilt 1998

Simone Mondelaers



We need your help to create this symbol of life!


Allow me to shortly introduce myself. I am Simone Mondelaers, an ex-patient. At the age of four I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. Now, 31 years old, I would like to set up a contact network between adults who suffered from childhood cancer.

Realizing that we all have survived is a precious gift and I would like to create a quilt as a symbol of this gift. Therefore I would like to ask for your cooperation to create a Survivor's Quilt 1998. This quilt will be composed of various small patches. Each ex-patient creates one patch. Later on all these patches will be sewed together to create a large blanket. This quilt will be presented at the ICCCPO Meeting in Frankfurt in September this year. 

Prof. Dr. Brock of the University Hospital Gasthuisberg Leuven, Belgium, and the entire medical staff of this hospital strongly support our project. I would like to express once more my sincere gratitude for their support. Without their input it would be difficult, if not impossible, to realize this project.

Mrs. Nadine Morren (mother of Dr. Anne Uyttebroeck) has created the design for our quilt. Nadine is also willing to donate all materials necessary to produce our quilt. I gladly accept her kind offer to assist me through the entire project; her professional knowledge will help us a lot.
Thus, no need to worry about the materials, those are at our disposal. Concerning the financial aspect of our project: we will be supported by VzW Wegwijs, the parent support group of the University Hospital Gasthuisberg.

We want to create a symbol of survivors and therefore our quilt will show the Tree of Life. 
To explain this choice I quote Revelation 22, 1-2, 14-17. 

"The angel showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal. On either side of the river, there was a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit once every month: and the leaves of the tree were the healing of the nations."

"Blessed are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, for they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

I am convinced this explains why I believe the Tree of Life is a meaningful symbol for our survivor's quilt.

If this idea has caught your interest, and if you would like to be involved in this project, please contact me as soon as possible to allow us to start developing the project. Since time is running short (September 1998), I would appreciate your speedy reaction. 

Thank you in advance for your time and interest. I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Simone Mondelaers
Zonnedauwstraat 33
B 20200 Herenthals, Antwerpen
Phone + 32 14 231710