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A Little Help Goes a Long Way

This may seem like an odd request coming me, editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery but I want to ask you to make a donation to Ellen March’s Go Fund Me campaign.  Who is Ellen March? Ellen is the editor of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines.   She does for CME what I do here for Designs in Machine Embroidery.  Now she’s battling breast cancer. I don’t know Ellen personally – we politely say hello at industry press events but really, we’re competitors. We lead the industry’s only machine embroidery magazines. And I’m probably breaking every rule in the ‘good old boys corporate handbook’ by asking you to help my competitor but I don’t care. I really feel for her and her young family.

When I heard of her diagnosis, I was horrified – she is the mother of young – very young – children: a toddler son and infant twin girls. I know how I hard I work – I can’t even imagine how hard she works with two mags, a television show and babies at home!  And now, to battle breast cancer on top of it all? Unthinkable.

So if you can spare a few dollars (really, every little bit helps and that’s what crowd funding is all about) give to her Go Fund Me campaign. Her family’s medical bills are piling up. And say a prayer for her speedy recovery.  She’s got a lot of living left to do.


Here’s a link to her fund:





  • Carolyn Rollberg

    Thank you, Eileen for sharing this information. I have admired you for years and so proud of you for doing this. I made a contribution and wished her the best.

  • Cynthia Wentworth

    What a wonderful, compassionate blog. Of course she will be in our prayers and a donation to help. Thank you for posting this.

  • Tee

    You’re an angel, thanks for letting us know!!!!

  • Bonnie Gray

    Very impressed by your request. I get both your magazines so I know she is your competitor. Of course will help Ellen with her fight – she has so much to fight for. Thanks for letting your readers know of this need.

  • Lauren

    Thanks so much for sharing! Covering Ellen, her family and medical staff in prayer!

  • Myrna King

    Thanks for letting everyone know. We all need to band together when it comes to fighting cancer!

  • Carolyn

    Thanks for sharing this news. My heart and prayers go out to her and her family. I think the corporate code for competition gets thrown out the window when it comes to caring for others in a time of need. God Bless You!

  • Barbara

    I watch Ellen Marsh on PBS sewing shows and I’m sadden to hear of her battle with Breast Cancer. My prayers for her complete healing and strength for her family.

  • Donna

    Thank you for sharing this young woman’s story. My 33 year old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. She has a 4 year old daughter. The last 6 months has brought surgery, chemo and radiation. Next year she will have reconstruction surgery. Ellen’s journey will be expensive and difficult for her and her family. We will pray for them.

  • beth daniels

    I subscribe to sew news and cme and I watch Ellen’s show Sew it All. I have made a donation

  • Ellen March

    Eileen, I cannot thank you enough for your extreme kindness! I am done with chemo, my first surgery and have just completed week two (of 6) of radiation. I still have a long road ahead, but the hard parts are over and the cancer it OUT of my body!
    The kind and generous donations from people, including complete strangers and many of your fans, has been overwhelming. I will never take it for granted. It has helped so much to not have the financial burden on top of everything.
    I cannot thank you enough for your support and cheers from afar!