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Live auction returns to Relay For Life

Julie buntjer/Daily Globe Janet Smid, Worthington, holds up the quilted wall hanging she made that includes the verses from "What Cancer Cannot Do." The wall hanging will be one of several items offered for sale in a live auction at tonight's Relay For Life.

WORTHINGTON -- Janet Smid is a four-year cancer survivor. She's also an avid quilter since retiring from full-time work more than a decade ago.

This spring, Smid made a quilted wall hanging using the phrases from the "What Cancer Cannot Do" verse and pieced together a keepsake she intended to hang on the wall of her Worthington home.

That was, at least, until someone from Nobles County Relay For Life asked the Crafty Corner Quilt and Sewing Shoppe if they wanted to make a donation for this year's Relay.

Smid, who works at the quilt shop part-time, offered the wall hanging as the donation. It had been on display in the shop since her late-April Bernina Club meeting.

The wall hanging will be one of several items to be sold during a live auction between 8 and 9 p.m. tonight at the Relay For Life event on the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.

"I wanted it to be bright," Smid said of the fabric colors she used to create the wall hanging. "I wanted it to be upbeat. That's kind of the purpose of the verse."

Interspersed between shades of blue and bursts of orange are the messages to remind cancer patients and survivors that cancer can't control every area of their life ... it cannot cripple love, shatter hope, take away peace, corrode faith, destroy confidence, kill friendship, suppress memories, silence courage, invade the soul or conquer the spirit.

Smid said she pieced the fabrics together and did the quilting by machine.

"We still have the panel in the store if anyone is interested (in making one)," she added.

Diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2008, Smid underwent surgery and precautionary chemotherapy treatments, and has been cancer free since her treatments ended.

She attended her first cancer survivor's reception hosted by Nobles County Relay for Life a year ago, and was at her first Relay event last June in Worthington.

Smid's quilted wall hanging will be one of more than half a dozen items offered on the live auction during tonight's Relay For Life event. Auctioneer Randy Buntjer, of Randy Buntjer Auction & Appraisal, Ellsworth, will be the caller for items including a 32-inch LED flat screen TV donated by Karl's TV & Appliance; a cancer remembrance quilt, a quilted tote bag, a sterling silver bracelet donated by DaLon Diamonds, an AmericInn/Perkins Staycation package, a double glider from Runnings and a family portrait session and 11x14 print from Rickers Photography Studio.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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