East Prairie girl makes bracelets to support cancer research

East Prairie girl makes bracelets to support cancer research
By: Holly Brantley

EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. - Only months after losing her dad to cancer, an East Prairie girl sets out to support survivors.

She's doing it one bead at a time.  Eleven-year-old Ciara Grisso creates bracelets and keychains to support the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

"It's because of my daddy," said Ciara.

Back in August, 44-year-old Keith Grisso lost his battle with cancer.

"They were very close," said Betty Grisso, Ciara's mother.

Ciara decided to use her strength to give hope to other families dealing with cancer.  She began selling bracelets for $2 and keychains for $4.

Orders poured in. Ciara's made and sold more than 500 braceles and 250 keychains.

That amounts to more than 31,000 beads and counting. She's easily passed her goal of $1500 for Relay for Life.

"She wants to motivate Cancer patients," said Betty.

Each piece made by Ciara is a symbol of love and support. Both necessary for cancer patients and survivors like the Grisso family.

"Whenever they fall, you pick them up," said Betty.

To support Ciara's effort call 573-649-9540. All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.