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Legion, Al's Vacuum and Cancer Society working together to fight back

David Pattenaude The Petrolia TopicQuilter Wanda Philbin stands beside the quilt being raffled to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The quilt is on display at Al's Vacuum in Sarnia and the draw is on March 5.

David Pattenaude The Petrolia TopicQuilter Wanda Philbin stands beside the quilt being raffled to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. The quilt is on display at Al's Vacuum in Sarnia and the draw is on March 5.

Petrolia Topic Staff

The Royal Canadian Legion's Petrolia branch, Al's Vacuum and the Lambton County office of the Canadian Cancer Society are working together to fight cancer.

Helen Cole, manager of the Lambton County office of the Canadian Cancer Society, said Al's Vacuum in Sarnia contacted the Society and asked how it could help fight back.

It offered to create and donate a queen size quilt to be sold by raffle, with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society for local breast cancer support and services.

With the help of many people, including quilters Wanda Philbin and Jack Stewart, the quilt was created and the Legion's Petrolia branch offered to get the licence and manage ticket sales, said Cole.

Philbin, of Sarnia, is employed by Al's and the business gave her time to quilt while she worked at the store and the store purchased all the materials, said Cole.

"What a great story of two cancer fighters coming together to battle cancer," said Barbara Purton, a local breast cancer survivor and Society volunteer. "I have been a recipient of the great services provided by the Canadian Cancer Society and welcome this opportunity to work with our partners to raise funds to support much needed services."

The quilt is being displayed daily at Al's Vacuum, 110 Mitton St. in Sarnia, Tuesday to Saturday. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and available until March 5 at Al's Vacuum; the Canadian Cancer Society office in Sarnia; and the Royal Canadian Legion's Petrolia branch.

The draw will be at the Legion hall in Petrolia on March 5.