Kids! of the Month
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Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
Amazing Kid! of the Month for April, 2004:
Amazing Ornaments4Cure.org Founder, Jena Sims; Winder, Georgia
Quote of the Month:
goal would be to find a cure for cancer! If it were only that
simple! After helplessly watching my two grandfathers die with
cancer, I knew that one day I was going to do everything I could to
help raise enough money to find a cure. The good news is that
today there are over 9 million cancer survivors and this number is
growing. So the money we are raising is helping.
of my proudest moments are when I am asked to mentor a new team who
wants to get involved. Especially youths. You are never too
old or young to volunteer and it can be so much fun!"
Amazing Jena Sims, age 14
Happy Spring from Amazing Kids! Spring is joyous time, when hope is born anew. Our inspiring April
Amazing Kid! of the Month
is helping to bring this hope to cancer patients, survivors and their
loved ones throughout the year, by selflessly donating her time to
raise money for the American Cancer Society. Read about amazing
Jena Sims, age 14 from Winder, Georgia, and be inspired to help bring
hope to others by getting involved in your own good cause!
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Amazing Jena and Ornaments4Cure.org
Amazing Jena, founder Ornaments4Cure.org
Sims' tinsel-filled ornaments bring sparkles to children's eyes while
helping to find a cure for cancer. At only 14 years old, Jena designed,
created, marketed and sold $5,000 worth of original Christmas ornaments
that benefited the American Cancer Society. How did she get involved at
such a young age?
Jena with her ornaments on one of her hospital visits
At 9, Jena attended Relay for Life
as a fun overnight event to play games, and stay up all night long. Her
priorities changed at 10 after losing both of her grandfathers to
cancer, She stepped up her involvement and became Barrow Counties
youngest Team Captain ever for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. In her first year she raised over $4,000 and recruited 10 members for
her team. Her current total is over $36,000 with 26 team members!
She is also currently mentoring 5 new team captains. Jena has led over
25 fundraisers in 4 years and has a goal of raising over $75,000 before
she graduates from high school in Winder, Georgia.
Jena's Relay for Life team, 2004, "Kiss Cancer Goodbye,"
wearing "kiss"-themed boxer shorts
Her latest project, ornaments4cure.org,
originally brought in over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society
(ACS), but that was not enough for amazing Jena. She saved several
ornaments and created her own "Joy of Giving" campaign. She went to
local hospitals with a few of her teammates and held ornament workshops
for pediatric patients and made personalized ornaments for the adult
cancer patients. The nurses would tell Jena that her workshop would
take the kids' minds away from the hospital environment for just a
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