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  • Anyone can enlist in the battle against breast cancer, and that includes kids and people who sell fried chicken.

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  • Anyone can enlist in the battle against breast cancer, and that includes kids and people who sell fried chicken.
    Molly Adams, 10, daughter of breast cancer survivor Jodi Adams, and Carolyn Zagonel of Girard Chicken Annie’s presented monetary donations to the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation Wednesday night during a holiday meal for the Girard Breast Cancer Survivors Group.
    Accepting were Stephanie M. Thompson, RN, Early Detection Works regional nurse, and Kelly York, Early Detection Works southeast Kansas regional outreach coordinator. Both are members of the Hope 4 You board of directors.
    “I made pink ribbon lapel pins and the pins and hot glue hurt,” Molly Adams said. “I sold them for $2 each during October and I got $233.36.”
    So how did she wind up with an odd amount of cash?
    “If somebody didn’t have $2, Molly would take whatever amount of money they did have,” said her mother. “The 36 cents came from a child at school who didn’t have $2, but he did have 36 cents.”
    Molly did have some help from friends, and older brothers Max and Mitch helped.
    “I sold some at school and at football games,” said brother Mitch. “They had a basket of ribbons for sale at Girard Chicken Annie’s and we’ve also sold some on Facebook. Molly got $36 in one day.”
    “My ribbons went all over the nation,” Molly said. “Well, I mailed one to Texas.”
    She and her brother admitted that some people did not want to buy ribbons, and a few were a little cranky about telling them so.
    “After we grew up we learned not to be discourteous if somebody didn’t want a ribbon,” Mitch said.
    “I wanted to tell them they were rude, but I didn’t,” Molly said.
    Carolyn Zagonel collected $336 through her fundraising efforts at Girard Chicken Annie’s.
    “This was our second year to do ‘Round Up for a Cure’,” she said. “We asked our customers if they wanted to round up their tickets. We also had ‘Cookin’ for a Cure’ T-shirts that we sold.”
    Zagonel admitted that, because of hard times, she didn’t think she would raise much money. She was very happy to be proven wrong.
    “Each year people give more and more,” she said. “We really appreciate our customers.”
    Zagonel added that this year the decision was made to give the money to Hope 4 You, a four-state coalition emphasizes local service. HOPE stands for help, outreach, prevent and educate.
    “All of this money you’ve given will stay local and help local breast cancer patients with things such as gas cards if they have to drive a distance to get treatment,” Thompson said.
    The fundraising will probably continue next October, with Zagonel and certainly with the Adams youngsters, who are determined to fight the disease that tried to take their beloved mother away from them five years ago.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fortunately, it failed.
    “I received the best news I ever had and ever will have,” Max Adams said. “My mom is cancer free.”
    “Cancer is not just a disease,” Mitch said. “It’s a murderer.”

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