B'ville: Baubles for a cause

Who would ever think that a 9-year-old and a little fashion sense could help find the cure for cancer?

Jordan Meyer, a fourth grader from McNamara Elementary, had a goal to raise $100 for this year's Relay for Life in Liverpool. Deciding to put a bead kit she owned to good use, Meyer began making simple bracelets out of multi-colored beads. Soon a hobby became a passion, and she was proud to announce that she had raised $440 to help fight the cure for cancer.

"I am so proud of myself for doing this," Meyer said. "It made me so happy knowing that I could help people who have cancer or people who know people who have cancer."

Meyer has seen the effects of cancer and the sadness it brings to families and friends. Her grandfather died of lung cancer just a few years ago, and her grandmother, Dottie LaChance, is a survivor of breast cancer. LaChance is also a large asset to the Relay for Life, getting her granddaughter interested three years ago. Being part of a tight-knit family, Meyer was able to see the effect cancer has had on her grandmother, from a mastectomy to her year-round fundraising and passion for the American Cancer Society. Meyer knew she wanted to help out, and join her grandmother's Relay team, becoming the youngest member.

Relay at the Parkway

This year at the Relay for Life, there were 30 teams (68 participants who were cancer survivors themselves). The event took place in Onondaga Lake Parkway, where all participants walked for 12 hours straight, with one member of the team was always out walking. The motto that kept them going was "Cancer never sleeps, so for that night, we don't sleep."

Entertainment was provided as well as food and plenty of encouragement.

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