Love beads for leukemia

Mary Bridge leukemia patient raising money for cancer research

haley bracelets"It was such a shock at first, we didn't know what to do, " mom Kressent Marston said.

Haley knew what she wanted to do: raise money for leukemia research. So did her aunt Jenny Howe.

Haley started exploring ideas for crafts to sell to raise money and Howe signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program.

To help raise money for Howe's Team in Training fundraising, Haley made 120 beaded bracelets with her twin sister Karys, her cousins, mom and aunt. Marston and Howe shared photos on Facebook to sell the bracelets for .

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The bracelets sold out the same day. The group was surprised by the outpouring of support, so they ordered more beads and string and set to work making more bracelets.

The Marine Corps Marathon is approaching for Howe. Meanwhile, Haley is facing two more years of cancer treatment and the group just finished making its 800th bracelet.

Making bracelets has been a good way to pass the time in the hospital, but Marston says the jewelry is a small token of her family's larger mission.

"We want to raise awareness. Before this we had no idea about childhood cancer, " Marston said. "We want to do whatever we can so my grandkids don't have to know about childhood cancer."

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