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Student raises money for breast cancer research

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Liberty Christian School sophomore Emmy Edwards has seen her family affected by breast cancer. Her grandmother passed away from breast cancer, and her mother, Nettie, is a breast cancer survivor.

Edwards said breast cancer research has become a mission very important to her. When Edwards saw an opportunity to raise support for the Komen Foundation, she led the way and raised $500.

“I thought I could share this awareness with my classmates and raise money at the same time,” Edwards said.

Edwards recruited fellow Liberty Christian Key Club members to help work at a booth, and asked local grocery stores for baked good donations.

“We also sold pink bracelets signifying support of breast cancer awareness. We sold everything for a $1 and were fortunate to receive additional donations as well,” she said.

Edwards said that the most inspiring responses came from those who were either survivors of breast cancer or had family members who had suffered from it.

“One woman I specifically remember,” Edwards said. “As a breast cancer survivor, she encouraged us greatly, telling us that we were making a difference, not only in the money we were raising, but also in the care we put into our table that was inspiring others. She said that seeing us gave her joy and hope. Hearing her made our table so worth it.

“Many Liberty family members were very generous and kind as they came up to our table. It truly made me smile to see many people sharing their blessings. Many people genuinely thanked us, which was very encouraging.”

Mary Frances Hoover, the executive director for the North Texas Affiliate of the Komen Foundation, recently came to Liberty, and Edwards was able to present a check to her in person.

“I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to help out such a worthy cause,” Edwards said.

Edwards added that her parents, John and Nettie, were very supportive of her efforts.

“I am also unbelievably grateful to attend Liberty and share the common goal to glorify our Lord,” she said.

“It is awesome to be a part of the Liberty Key club, and I want to thank our wonderful sponsor, teacher Mrs. Hall.

“I also could not have done this without those who donated baked goods that were sold at the table.

“I want to send an enormous thank you to my friends and fellow students Catherine Harrington, Malyn Porter, and Katelynn Pearson, who worked with me at the table the entire time.”

With this success, Edwards wants to continue her efforts to make a difference. “This movement is very close to my heart, and I am now motivated to do more” she said.

For more information about Liberty Christian School, visit www.LibertyChristian.com or call 940-294-2000.

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