Heather Beale has good friends, and she has the T-shirt to prove it.
When her mother, Melanie, died of cancer in September, her friends at Greenbrier High School rallied to her cause and produced T-shirts to sell to raise money for the American Cancer Society. So far they've sold 80 shirts and have collected $226.
"It just shows that your friends will come through for your in hard times - they are there when you need them," said Heather, a senior. "The whole school has come together to do a project this big for me and my family."
The navy blue shirts bear the saying Can't Change Reality, 2001, and the American Cancer Society. On the back of the shirts is a quote from the Dave Matthews Band: "Celebrate, we will, cause life is short, but sweet for certain."
"We did it because we were so close to (Heather's) mother," Danielle Priebe said. "She was such a wonderful woman, so nice."
Mrs. Beale was the wife of Columbia Recreation Department Director Charlie Beale. She has three children.
Heather's friends got the idea of selling T-shirts from Rhonda Dunn, a health care science technology education teacher at Greenbrier.
"It's one of these cases where you don't know what to do when one of your good friends has lost her mother," Ms. Dunn said. "This just shows you what real friendship is."
There were about eight girls involved in the T-shirt project. They sold them during lunch and at other school functions for $10 each, making $3 off each shirt they sold.
"We know it's not a large amount, but it's in memory of Mrs. Beale, and we hope it will do some good for those who are suffering from cancer," said Caroline Griggs, one of the girls involved in the project.
Reach Melissa Hall at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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