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Sarah Thomas, a member of New Life CRC in Red Deer, Alberta, and her friend Hannah Muzsik are working hard to put cancer to rest.

The two 11-year-old girls stitch up small pillows to raise money for cancer research, selling them to classmates and church members. The girls are racking up orders and using up every last scrap of fabric they can find–including their old pajamas.

Sarah explained that her family has been closely affected by cancer. “My grandpa died of brain cancer, my aunt died of bone cancer, my mom’s second cousin died of leukemia, and a good friend of mine is in the hospital with liver cancer.”

The two young girls were quite surprised by the response to their pillows. “Our fellow students at Gateway Christian School cared more than we thought. We made $50 in one day, and it felt good to make a little difference,” said Sarah.

The two girls also held a bottle drive and plan to volunteer for the local “Conquer Cancer” bike ride. “Hannah and I also had a crazy idea about writing a book!” Sarah exclaimed.

The young activists have promised to finish making the pillows they have on order and to continue raising money for cancer research however they are able.

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