Quilting for a Cure

February 28, 2013

By KU School of Health Professions

KU Women's Basketball Coach Bonnie Henrickson helps hold the quilt made by Debby Daniels (at right).
KU Women's Basketball Coach Bonnie Henrickson helps hold the quilt made by Debby Daniels (at right).

A recent KU Women's Basketball game was the perfect opportunity for Debby Daniels, Ph.D., to combine her passion for basketball with her sewing skills – and for a great cause. The clinical associate professor in the KU Department of Hearing and Speech created a one-of-a-kind quilt specifically for the KU Women's Basketball team and the Jayhawks for a Cure fundraising campaign.

Daniels choose to support breast cancer awareness because her younger sister, Denise Burns Brogan, died of breast cancer on October 22, 2002. She passed away exactly one year after receiving the diagnosis, leaving behind a husband and two teenage daughters.

One of Brogan's daughters, Kristi, went on to play basketball at the University of Cincinnati. Following her niece's team, Daniels and her husband developed a strong interest in collegiate women's basketball. Since distance limited their chances to see Cincinnati games in person, they turned to a local source to get their basketball fix: KU Women's Basketball. After attending only a couple games, they were hooked.

When she learned an auction would be held after the Feb. 17 game against the Oklahoma Sooners, Daniels came up with an idea to help the cause and honor the memory of her sister: the Fight Like a Girl for the Cure quilt. Each square on the quilt includes a shoe with the jersey number of a player on this year's KU Women's team.

The high bidder on the quilt at $475 was Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment, and they plan to display it in their Breast Cancer Center. A total of $6,500 was raised by the live auction with proceeds going to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. The 2012-2013 Jayhawks for a Cure campaign includes seven KU sporting events aimed at raising awareness and funds for cancer treatment and research.


The University of Kansas School of Health Professions is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan., and offers more than 25 academic programs in health care fields. The School is recognized for its highly ranked educational programs as well as the significant research and clinical service it provides in support of the local community and the State of Kansas.

Last modified: May 24, 2013