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April 17, 2013

Taylor High School art class creates beads for children with cancer

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They saw a father wearing his small child’s beads around his neck because they became too heavy for her to carry on her own.

They saw a 10-year-old with a brain tumor clutching her stuffed rabbit as she waited for yet another procedure.

“She has a brain tumor like me,” she said as she pointed to her rabbit.

They heard not only what the beads mean to the kids but also what they mean to parents whose children lost their fight with cancer.

Barush recounted a story to CBS News.

“One mother in particular, she said, ‘I have those beads hanging in the shadow box. They hang outside my bedroom door. And I can see them when I’m lying in bed. And there are some days I don’t want to get out of bed. But I look at those beads and say, you know what? Your 7-year-old daughter went through all of that. You can get through today.’ ”

Barush was weeping by the time she finished telling the story.

MOVED TO TEARS

And Dishon’s class was crying by the time they finished the video. It’s wasn’t just the girls, either, Dishon said.

“I cried on that one,” sophomore Kyle Roe said. “It gave you the perspective of how kids look at the beads and what it means to them.”

Roe said his grandmother died of lung cancer so this project is personal for him.

Dishon said the teens can relate to this project. Nearly everyone has been touched by the disease.

She asked her 20 students to raise their hands if they know someone who has had cancer. All but two had.

There are two young children in Taylor Community School Corp. right now who are fighting cancer.

Dishon’s introduction to cancer came in high school.

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