Beads of every color and letter imaginable were used to make friendship bracelets for children with cancer, offering a simple message of hope from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday outside the Campus Center.
Naime Laskar, Campus Activities Board chairwoman and senior business administration major, hopes that people will learn more about the cause and give back to the community.
CAB’s A Band for Hope event is not only making bracelets to benefit the children of St. Jude’s Hospital, but wants to spread the news about the importance of the cure for cancer to everyone.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a well-known institution. The hospital specializes in children with life threatening diseases.
However, many people are still unaware of the major difference that it makes. St. Jude Hospital is committed in their research to finding the cure for cancer.
Ann Tabangcura, freshman psychology major, knows about the effects of cancer on children.
“I had a cousin born with cancer and she died at the age of 7,” Tabangcura said.
She came to the event because she believes making the bracelets is a good cause, which she hopes will remind the children that they are not alone in their fight.
“The one I made says Faith, (because) I want them to have a sense of faith,” Tabangcura said.
Many other students stopped by and looked to see why so many students were standing around the table.
Those who decided to stay and participate in the event were happy to give back.
Making bracelets for the children at St. Jude is more than a present.
“It gives people hope and those children are in such bad situations making bracelets makes a difference,” Ava Jahanvash, freshmen political science major, said.
Jahanvash also had a loved one who had cancer.
Jahanvash knows that cancer affects many people and their families.
A Band of Hope’s goal above anything is to bring a smile to a child’s face who is fighting for their life.
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