She Raised $47,000 Making And Selling Bracelets To Help Her BFF

A beautiful story.

9e-year-old Bethany Walker of Benton, Arkansas did something incredible for her best friend, Anne Marie Cox: she raised $47,000 by making and selling bracelets in order to buy Anne Marie and her family a swimming pool. Yep. A swimming pool.

Anne Marie suffers from a rare skin disease and can't go to the public pool for fear of infection. Her new pool is filled with salt water to aid in healing.

Bethany elaborated on her friend's condition in an interview with Arkansas ABC affiliate, KATV, saying, "(Anne Marie) has this skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa. If you lightly touch her she'll get blisters." 

"Any kind of friction or trauma to the skin causes the skin to blister and come off," Annie Marie's mother, Kandi Cox, told ABC News. "Being out in the summertime is just not going to happen."

The bracelet project went spectacularly well...

We have two boxes of bracelets going out to two different businesses today. We are hoping that Anna Marie will be able...

Posted by Bracelets By Bethany on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Her bracelets, sold via a Facebook page dedicated to the project, were sent to addresses around the world as word of the girls' friendship spread. 

Incredibly, Bethany made $47,000 in just 19 weeks.

Bracelets abound!!! Bethany is hard at work to complete the orders that we have received, and you can see lots of...

Posted by Bracelets By Bethany on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Work on the pool was finished in June: just in time for summer.

Celebration Time!!!:-)

Posted by Bracelets By Bethany on Saturday, June 6, 2015

Now Bethany is selling bracelets to help others in need.

Bethany has been asked to make bracelets for a family in Saline County who is going through a very rough time. We will...

Posted by Bracelets By Bethany on Friday, July 3, 2015

Her good work has also earned her a shot at a $5000 college scholarship.

Bethany is a finalist for a $5,000 college scholarship, but we need online votes for the next part of the process....

Posted by Bracelets By Bethany on Monday, July 27, 2015

Bethany Walker has been recognized by the Afterschool Awards, sponsored in part by Izod, and is in the running for a college scholarship worth $5000.

See the remarkable story here:

To buy a bracelet and help Bethany help others, please check out her Facebook page

To vote for her in the Afterschool Awards. please go here.

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