Nine-year-old sells hand­made scarves to help can­cer pa­tients

Jamaica Gleaner - - SEX & RELATIONSHIPS - – AP

ANINE-YEAR-OLD Holy Name School stu­dent is help­ing can­cer pa­tients in Delta County one scarf at a time. Mary Scheuren sells her hand­made cro­cheted scarves and gives the pro­ceeds to the Delta County Can­cer Al­liance in an ef­fort to help those bat­tling can­cer.

Scheuren learned to cro­chet when she was six, and af­ter at­tend­ing a Re­lay for Life event, de­cided she would use her tal­ent to help oth­ers.

Scheuren’s mother, Char­lotte Oshe, ex­plained she and Mary were walk­ing at Re­lay for Life in hon­our of her great-grand­mother, who had can­cer, and Mary was in­spired. Oshe said scarves have been shipped as far as Mis­souri.

“We’ve got­ten a lot of love and help,” she said.

Cheri Sev­erin­sen, pres­i­dent of the Delta County Can­cer Al­liance, said see­ing some­one so young do­ing some­thing for a wor­thy cause is heart­warm­ing.

“It’s won­der­ful. She’s us­ing her tal­ent for some­thing good,” she said.

Sev­erin­sen noted that each time she pur­chases one of Scheuren’s scarves to send to can­cer pa­tients, she makes sure they know it came from a young stu­dent, and added that peo­ple are touched by it.

“They’re al­ways ex­cited to see it comes from a young per­son,” said Sev­erin­sen.

So far, Scheuren has raised $150 for the Delta County Can­cer Al­liance and has made more than 60 scarves, the Daily Press re­ported.

In hon­our of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month dur­ing Oc­to­ber, 50 per cent of the pro­ceeds from scarves sold on Scheuren’s Face­book page ‘Mary’s Fairy Scarves’ will go to Delta County Can­cer Al­liance. Scarves are also sold at Pos­i­tively! The Cen­ter for Suc­cess in Es­can­aba, where for ev­ery scarf sold, US$1 is do­nated to the Can­cer Al­liance.

Ac­cord­ing to Scheuren, her favourite part of cre­at­ing the scarves is know­ing she’s help­ing out the com­mu­nity.

“There are so many peo­ple with can­cer and you want to help them get bet­ter,” she said, not­ing her fam­ily has been im­pacted by can­cer and be­ing able to give back is re­ward­ing.

Oshe said she couldn’t be more proud of her daugh­ter and the cause she is fight­ing.

“I’m very proud of the per­son she’s grow­ing into,” she said.

Mary Scheuren stands be­tween Holy Name Prin­ci­pal Joe Carl­son (left) and Delta County Can­cer Al­liance Pres­i­dent Cheri Sev­erin­sen at Holy Name School in Es­can­aba, Michi­gan. Scheuren is wear­ing one of her Mary’s Fairy Scarves, which she cre­ates, sells, and do­nates the pro­ceeds to the Delta County Can­cer Al­liance.

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