Cancer is not a word we enjoy using. No matter who you are and where you come from, chances are you know someone who has gone or is going through the ordeal of cancer. Even worse is when the person battling cancer is still a kid.
Much like other sick kids, Becca only wanted to be able to play and see her friends again. She hated being stuck in a hospital. So when she got a clean bill of health, Becca knew that she couldn’t forget the other children who are still battling cancer.
And so, Becca founded a bracelet shop called Knots and Arrows. She founded the shop with her father who is also a cancer survivor. Most of the proceeds of this shop go to several charities which help children battling cancer.
Becca was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was six years old. “I remember sitting in the hospital bed, complaining that my hip hurt, and a doctor just came in and said, ‘Your daughter has cancer,’” Becca remembers the doctor saying. “And my mom started crying.”
Becca’s mother, Sherry, remembers how long and painful the days were during those two years. Her daughter endured “26 months of non-stop treatment.”Sherry recalls the “tons of spinal taps, tons of hospital admissions, tons of side effects.”
Most kids would go back to enjoying all the things they had missed, as they should. But Becca couldn’t forget her days at the hospital. “I was never able to do much, and that's what the kids laying in their hospital beds right now want to do, asking their mom and dad, ‘When are we leaving? When can I go play with my friends?’”
Accordingly, the whole family decided that they needed to give back. In February, Becca came up with Knots And Arrows. It’s “a company that makes bracelets out of swimsuit materials to remind people to just keep swimming.”
Becca talks about creating the company with her father, whom she refers to as, “my cure.” Becca says, “I would be in the hospital and I'd sit there crying and then my dad would come in and he would play games with me. It made me forget about what I was going through.”
Even the name of the company has a very inspiring and personal meaning behind it. It was inspired by Becca’s own motto when she was battling cancer. Really, you wouldn’t think this girl is just nine years old.
It’s a motto everyone should frame in their house somewhere. “Knots — when you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on,” Becca explains. “And arrows — when life seems to be pulling you back with difficulties, it just means it's going to launch you into something great.”
What’s beautiful about Knots and Arrows is that “thousands of dollars” have already been donated to families in need and research organizations. “We were very fortunate," Sherry explains. "We were very blessed that she is here and we're going to take that and count it as a blessing and our opportunity to give back."
The nine-year-old hopes the bracelets will give people hope and make them realize that “great things can result from small changes.” She says that "no matter what age you are, what you look like, how you act, you can make a difference!"