Archive for Monday, August 25, 2008

Fighting cancer through jewelry

August 25, 2008

Attendees at the De Soto Days Festival looking for some arts and crafts can also contribute to a worthy cause.

On Saturday Aug. 30, GJ's Designs of Gardner will be selling items at the festival and 10 percent of the proceeds will go to help the fight against cancer.

"We created the business four years ago, and our primary emphasis was on cancer awareness," store owner Carroll Ramseyer said.

Ramseyer will be making her first trip to the De Soto Days Festival and said in past shows she'd attended, people who purchased items could request that a portion of the proceeds go to a specific health organization, and if no specific request was made, they would then donate to the American Cancer Society. She said that would also be the plan at the festival. Items will be sold at regular price, ranging from about $15 to $40.

The store creates bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry and has 15 different colors of crystal, each color identifying a certain kind of cancer, such as pink for breast cancer. Ramseyer said they have designed many custom-made items for families, such as bracelets with four different colors, each color identifying a certain kind of cancer that a loved one may be going through.

Ramseyer watched a close friend lose a 20-year battle with cancer and then created her cancer awareness jewelry line.

"My family has lost a lot of friends to cancer, and we thought this was the best way to be creative and help out in a way we can," she said.

Ramseyer also attends craft shows around Kansas City metro area and donates proceeds to Cancer Action, a non-profit cancer organization of Kansas City as well.

The craft show will begin about 11 a.m. at Miller Park and will feature more than 30 booths.

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