Almost everyone that I know has a nickname. Maybe your friends gave you one, your teachers, or a close family member. My nickname is different. It represents the hours and hours of hard work that I put into finding a light in the darkness, when everyone else believed that there wasn't one one at all.
Last January, I found out that Grace, a friend of mine's, Cancer was back again. I wanted to help her get better, I wanted her to know that she would be okay, and I wanted to find hope more than anything else in the world.
But everyday Grace became sicker and sicker, so I started a small bracelet company, where 101% of the profit was donated to Grace's Cancer treatments. I wasn't making much money, but I was happy to be contributing. As my buisness grew stronger, Grace became weaker, and deep down I knew that we didn't have much time left, but I kept telling myself otherwise. By mid-March, the buisness became huge. Everyone in the whole school was on Grace's side. Everyone had bought bracelets, and wore them everyday in support of Grace's uphill battle.
Unfortunatley, Grace passed away on March 25, 2018, the day before her fifteenth birthday. I gave up hope. I told myself, "Why should I even bother anymore." So for the next two weeks the buisness had been shut down. No more selling. No more donating. No more hope. I was so upset about Grace's death that I ignored the little voice in the back of my head that whispered "Grace wouldn't want you to stop.'' Until one day, when a friend of mine told me that there are other kids dying from Cancer, Grace was not the only one. That inspired me to open back up,and then I started to listen to my little voice.
In April, I had twice as many orders as in March. Everyone was helping me. I sold so many bracelets that I was then known as "Bracelet Girl." My charity changed from Grace's cancer treatments, to finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Thank you for reading my story! I truly want nothing more than a cure. Please help me to do that! Any amount is appreciated!
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