Elmwood student honors grandmother through t-shirt design

By WEEK Producer

April 25, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM CDT

ELMWOOD, Ill. -- In this month's Buddy check 25 report comes a legacy of love and an affinity for art help form a passion to find a cure for breast cancer.

Eight-year-old Elmwood Elementary student Alana Barrett shyly shows classmates her winning Kids for the Cure t-shirt design. Its creation was a family affair.

"My sister and my mom gave me some ideas and that's how I did it," said Alana.

"That design is so much about sisterly love and about an older sister looking at her and saying, you know, here, let me encourage you and so it really was a family project...sisters supporting one another," said mother Annette.

And when Alana wears her Kids for the Cure t-shirt in the upcoming Peoria Race for the Cure, she'll be paying tribute to a grandmother that she never knew.

That's because her mom's mother died of breast cancer.

"One of the things my mom did was enter me into every art contest," said Annette, "it was a huge part of my childhood.

When asked about the design, Annette explained, "there's a world and the cure sign and there's people on top to show that anyone can have it."

And, anyone can make a difference in the mission to save lives and find a cure for breast cancer...even a little girl from Elmwood, Illinois.

Alana will walk with her sister and mom in the Peoria Race for the Cure on May 12. You can join them by registering on-line at www.komenmemorial.org or in person at the Komen office at the Metro Centre.

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