Betty Shivers is a wife, mother, grandmother, retired high school math teacher, tennis coach, cook, weaver, tennis player and a breast cancer survivor. Diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in 2010, Betty had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. Her cancer's early diagnosis spared her having to undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy. "I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from family and friends and knew that I wanted to give back and reach out to other women with breast cancer," says Betty. She organized a support group shortly after her recovery that meets monthly at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. In 2016, she became a Forge volunteer and serves as a peer mentor for other women going through breast cancer. "This work has become a passion and ministry," Betty says. "It could not be more rewarding to hear someone say, 'Thank you for reaching out to me.'"
Emilia Oblites is a Novato, California-native studying fashion at the University of Alabama. She has been sewing since she was 7 years old and plans to go into business selling her fashion designs when she graduates in 2025. Emilia describes her style as whimsical and colorful with bold shapes and textures.