Hoosick Project Partners with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
You’ve probably seen the barn quilts on the HAYC3 Armory and Youth Center and the one at the bottom of Wilson Hill Road in Hoosick, N.Y., but that’s just the beginning! More Hoosick Barn Quilts are coming soon; only three 8’ x 8’ community barn quilts are still to be painted, and we’re about to begin work on the 4’ x 4’ blocks.
Painting and installing nearly 30 barn quilts in just one summer is an incredible feat, but not nearly as daunting as dealing with cystic fibrosis. Two years ago, Linda Fitzsimmons, who works closely with the Northeastern N.Y. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, suggested to HAYC3’s Aelish Nealon that they work together on a project that would benefit both the Hoosick community and those battling Cystic Fibrosis: that project would become the Hoosick Barn Quilt Project, beautifying the town and village, encouraging tourists to discover Hoosick and support local business, and successfully bringing our already supportive community together – which is why it makes so much sense for HAYC3 to be partnering with Northeastern New York Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The cystic fibrosis statistics are heartbreaking; one in 30 Americans is an unknown carrier. Even more alarming is that at least 250 people in Hoosick Falls and the surrounding 50-mile radius are living with the disease. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that primarily affects the lungs. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was started in 1955, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Thanks to Foundation-supported scientists and doctors, life expectancy has increased dramatically, with the median age of survival extending into the early 30s, but precious lives continue to be lost. “If there is to be a cure, communities must work together to raise the funds necessary to find a cure. We get closer every day our community comes together on a project like the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail Project,” explains Nealon.
The initial sponsorship dollars were spent to build and paint the Hoosick Barn Quilts and create and print the Hoosick Barn Quilt Trail map. Local artists are creating more detailed, 2 x 2 barn quilts that will be displayed in 120gallery90 in September and then auctioned, along with other quilt-related items and sewn quilts, at HAYC3’s annual Harvest Moon Dinner on Saturday, September 27. Funds that are raised will be split between the two organizations. The Northeastern New York Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation share will be used for research for a cure for this devastating disease. HAYC3 will use its share to support all the great free community events and keep program costs low. So when you see a Hoosick Barn Quilt, whether you are following the trail or just passing one by, remember what they mean: community, tradition, beauty, and maybe even a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.