Times-Herald (Vallejo) (11.14.11) - Thursday, November 17,
Touro University student Ashley Bitar is leading an effort to
sew panels for the AIDS Memorial Quilt as part of a World AIDS
Day event in downtown Vallejo on Dec. 1. The daylong
commemoration will take place in the 400 block of Marin Street
near the Georgia Street intersection.
Bitar's goal is to send a block of quilt panels made by Solano
County residents to the Atlanta-based NAMES Project
Foundation, which manages the quilt. The quilt, which began in
1987, now measures some 1.29 million square feet. Spending one
minute at each panel, it would take a viewer 33 days to see
the entire quilt.
"A disease as scary as AIDS has a way of monopolizing a
person's identity and their memory. The patches are a way for
people to remember their loved one, not their loved one's
disease," said Bitar, who lost her father to AIDS.
Bitar will collect the names of those who would like to make
the three-by-six-foot panels and provide them with detailed
information about the process. A local seamstress has offered
to help, she said.
Bitar, who will graduate with a Master's in Public Health from
Touro in December, also conducts youth-focused HIV education
as a Planned Parenthood volunteer. For questions about the
quilt project, telephone Bitar at Planned Parenthood at 707-
561-7790, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.