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B'ville: Baubles for a cause

"It's basically this all-night party to celebrate survivors of cancer and honor those who have lost the battle," said Joyl Clance, an Office Operations Manager for the American Cancer Society.

LaChance fundraises all year long for Relay for Life, and looks forward to the atmosphere of the event.

"It's like a big family," LaChance said. "It's so beautiful and

touching."

Clance has known LaChance and Meyer for years and is astonished to see how far Meyer has come. Clance awarded Meyer a certificate on behalf of the ACS honoring how much money she raised.

"Jordan shows that children are the future," Clance said. "She is a smart lady, and she has gotten involved in a cause that is so meaningful and helps the community."

Meyer was able to speak on behalf of the children walking for Relay, writing a speech thanking everyone and announcing the money she had raised. Her mother, Kathi Meyer, cannot watch the videotaped footage without getting teary-eyed.

"I'm just so proud of her," Kathi said.

Continuing the effort

Meyer continues to make bracelets and sell them as often as she can.

"Almost everyone we know has at least one bracelet," Kathi said. "Jordan and I sit around watching TV, talking and making bracelets."

Jordan stresses that all the money she makes from the bracelets goes to the American Cancer Society, which is what makes them so special.

"Kids at school would ask me if I kept any of the money, but I wouldn't do that. All of the money goes for cancer and to help," she said. "It's what I'm thinking about when I make them."

Jordan now attends bead shows with her grandmother to buy a variety of beads for more bracelets. The bracelets range from simple strings of pearl beads to elaborate colors and textures with prices from $1 to $3, or $3 for a bracelet and earring set.

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