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Young girls create friendship pins to help stop cancer

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KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) --  How many people does it take to make a difference? A group in Kasson is proving it only takes one person with one idea to get started. A group of four kids are taking steps to fight cancer at very young ages.

Big ideas often come in small packages.

Relay for Life KM Elementary Team Captain Karen Besch says, "Just to see that excitement and that connection that they're making at such a young age that they can make a difference, regardless of age they can give back and be a part of a bigger cause for our community."

At just 9 years old Norah Mulrine decided she wanted to help put a stop to cancer. She's already lost an aunt to the disease and has a young friend battling it now.

Mulrine says, "When somebody dies that has cancer it really makes you sad and it makes you want to stop cancer."

She, along with her little sister and two friends, got to work.

Mulrine explains, "The ends poked our fingers and it was kinda hard because we spilt the beads a lot."

They labored through the summer to create nearly 800 friendship pins to sell at this year's Relay for Life event at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. This, after being inspired last year by a bracelet stand.

Mulrine says, "I liked how much hard work they did so I kinda wanted to try to show that I'm responsible and make a stand of my own."

Kasson students maybe realize more than others that cancer strikes people of all ages, at any time. Several students within the district are currently diagnosed and others have lost the battle. But perhaps those students have some of the best support.

Besch says, "Kids inherently want to do good and want to be able to give back. They do have those big hearts and they're compassionate and want to do what they can for others and we see that across the grade levels. So it is inspiring, it's exciting to be a part of that movement."

The Relay for Life kicked off at 6:00 p.m. Friday and closing ceremonies aren't until 6:00 a.m. Sunday. To get the pins look for the booth called "Cancer, Go Fly a Kite!"

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