GRAHAM'S GIFT: Patient makes bracelets for cancer research - New York News

GRAHAM'S GIFT: Patient makes bracelets for cancer research

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A 10-year-old boy who turned a serious diagnosis into a mission to help other kids is making a big difference one tiny rubber band at a time by raising money to fund children's cancer research.

In a family of 8 children, 10-year-old Graham Trocke-Fowler is a hero to his siblings, and an inspiration to crafters who know just how painstaking it can be to weave a rubber band bracelet into being. He can complete one in just a minute a 38 seconds.

Trocke-Fowler has had a lot of practice and prefers to do it by hand -- but that skill was born out of a difficult time that began with what looked like a suspicious blood blister that was first found and removed from his left arm last spring.

It turned out that Trocke-Fowler has spitzoid melanoma, a cancer that is so rare in children that only a handful of kids in the U.S. have it.

Weaving bracelets became a good way to fill the time when he was recovering from the 8 major surgeries he's had since the diagnosis, and he has made and sold well over 7,000 of them so far.

The pastime has also caught on among his family and friends, who decided to start selling the bracelets for a buck apiece after they learned that only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding goes toward childhood cancers.

The bracelets are sold at schools, stores, and online to benefit children's cancer research. So far, Graham's Gift has grown to nearly $8,000.

Now, Trocke-Fowler makes up a bracelet every change he gets in the hopes that they will give a chance to other children who are also fighting cancer.

MORE: Graham's Gift on Facebook

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