Quilting for Team Julia

Quilters Extraordinaire Marlene and Leah!

Quilters Extraordinaire Marlene and Leah at the Ferndale Haggen

We are deeply grateful for the amazing team of women who decided to use their incredible quilting talents to support the mission of Team Julia! Earlier this year this group, led by Noni Bowhay Ahlberg and Sheri Willson with input from all members, designed two beautiful quilts: ‘Julia’s Autumn Splendor’ and ‘Julia’s Winter Wonder.’ And now these two quilts are being raffled with all proceeds donated to Team Julia. We are amazed at the talent and generosity of this incredible team!

Many thanks to Noni Bowhay Ahlberg, Sheri Willson,  Nita May, Leah Rowler, Barb Stromme, Leona Jager, Debbie Miller, Carol Smith, Karen Nieuwendorp, Marlene Robinsette, and Bobbi Fisher for your support. Together we are making a difference in the fight against cancer!

If you live in the greater Bellingham area and would like to purchase a raffle ticket for $1.00, please see the dates that remain in our display schedule. We are grateful to our local Haggen Markets and for Everson Drug for their hospitality in hosting these events. And if you can’t make it on any of the dates below, please plan to be our guest at the Quilting for Team Julia Luncheon at The Firs on Monday, Novemeber 25 from noon to 2:00 when we plan to do the drawing (you don’t need to be present to win).


Both quilts will be on display at the following locations with tickets available:

  • Haggen – Sehome Village (October 26/10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Haggen – Ferndale (November 2/10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Haggen – Barkley (November 9/10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Haggen – Meridian (November 16/10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Everson Drug (November 23/10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • The Firs (November 25/noon to 2:00 p.m.)

To purchase tickets anytime, you may contact Noni Bowhay Ahlberg at (360-734-0981) or (360-319-4098).

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No Gamble Betting on These Ladies


We’re excited about our team running the Las Vegas Half Marathon next month! At our recent Team Julia Women’s Luncheon, the group paused for a picture in their new Team Julia hat. Many thanks to Megan, Julie, Shelly, Gretchen, and Michelle for your support of Team Julia. In this case, what happens in Vegas . . . will make a great impact in the fight against cancer!


Want to support our team in Las Vegas? You can make a tax-deductible donation to their effort here. Thanks in advance for your partnership in this vital work!

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Team Julia in the News

TJ_HeraldWe are very grateful for Samantha Wohlfeil’s recent story about Team Julia in the Bellingham Herald. Truth be told, it’s hard for our founder to be “in the news” — Julia’s nature is to not bring attention to herself. But for the advance of our mission of research and benevolence, Julia agreed to be featured. Here’s how the article begins:

Breast cancer can be hard on patients and their families emotionally and physically. But what keeps many from attempting to live normally is the cost of expensive treatment that may not be covered by insurance.

That’s where Team Julia steps in.

To help families live as normally as possible, the nonprofit helps with medical expenses so families can free up money in their budgets for things like sports team equipment and extracurriculars.

The charity was started in 2010 to collect donations to help the family of Julia Pohlman, a local mom and cancer patient.

“You don’t just get cancer, your whole family gets it,” she said. “You still want your kids to live like kids.”

A year ago, the family decided to turn Team Julia into a nonprofit so they could help other local families who might otherwise wait in long lines for funding from national organizations.

We hope you’ll read the whole thing. And as you do, we hope you’ll be encouraged to join Team Julia in this noble fight.

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Cookies for a Cure (and Apples, Too)

berkeley_cookies_cureWe love the grassroots movement that is Team Julia! And we love how people of all ages are getting involved. For example, this weekend we learned of two eight-year-old girls near San Luis Obispo, CA who made “cookies for a cure.”

Thank you, Berkeley and Bella, for your support of Team Julia! We’re working tirelessly to ensure that contributions like yours are not in vain, but greatly effective in advancing our research and benevolence work. You may be young, but your purposeful idealism is mature beyond your years and a true inspiration to us!

To see more pictures from this event, visit our Facebook page photo album entitled Cookies for a Cure (and Apples, Too).

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Team Julia Women’s Luncheon

F_LewisWe are excited to kick-off our first Team Julia Women’s Luncheon on October 18, 2013 at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club. This annual event is an opportunity for us to introduce the mission of Team Julia to new friends while encouraging people in cancer care. While this event is intentionally scheduled during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is designed to move beyond awareness so that people are better equipped for the cancer battle.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Frances M. Lewis as our inaugural keynote speaker. Dr. Lewis is the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Dr. Lewis has had an extensive career as a nursing researcher, with a focus on the impact of a cancer diagnosis on families, especially in partner relationships and with children. Her work has included study on the impact of Breast and Colon cancer, among others. In addition, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in training other health care providers in ways to improve the quality of life, symptoms and adjustment of adults with cancer and their families. This work includes national training programs in the U.S. and international training programs in Central and Eastern Europe, South America, and Japan. Recently, Lewis received a grant to train nurses in Russia to improve their work with cancer patients and their families. This month, Dr. Lewis presented as a plenary speaker at the Global Breast Cancer Conference in Seoul, South Korea on the relationships between spouses/caregivers and women with breast cancer.

Dr. Lewis received her BSN from Loretto Heights College, Regis University in Denver, an MN from the University of Washington School of Nursing and her PhD in the Sociology of Education from Stanford University. Additionally, she holds two MA degrees in Sociology and the Social Foundations of Education from Stanford University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and held an additional fellow position at Boston University’s Center for Educational Development in Health Policy Institute. Dr. Lewis has been a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Nursing since 1978.*

With the help of Dr. Lewis and the wonderful hospitality team at the Bellingham Golf & Country Club, this promises to be an excellent event as Team Julia works to advance its research and benevolence mission!


*The brief biography of Dr. Lewis was adapted from the UWMC press release announcing Dr. Lewis’ endowed professorship. You can read the press release here.

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The Truth in Small Doses

Truth_Small_DosesI’ve only read the Prologue, but I’m impressed enough with Clifton Leaf’s The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer–and How to Win It to commend it. Here’s the publisher’s brief book description:

A provocative, eye-opening history of the war on cancer, The Truth in Small Doses asks why we are losing this essential fight and charts a path forward.

Over the past half century, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and so many other killers have fallen dramatically. But cancer continues to kill with abandon. In 2013, despite a four-decade “war” against the disease that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars, more than 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly six hundred thousand will die from it.

A decade ago, Clifton Leaf, a celebrated journalist and a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive yet routinely fail, and why our best hope for progress—brilliant young scientists— are now abandoning the search for a cure. The Truth in Small Doses is that rare tale that will both outrage readers and inspire conversation and change.

Even if the reader doesn’t agree with all of Leaf’s diagnosis or prescription, The Truth in Small Doses is must-reading for all those engaged in the war on cancer.


Clifton Leaf, The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer–and How to Win It (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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