Fashion for a Cause

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM EDT

Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - A penny on a string. It may seem like a simple idea. For breast cancer survivor Kathleen Graim it is much more.

"To raise money for cancer research and to help survivors like me. It's incredible," Graim said.

Sharf, 20, began making these bracelets about four months ago with pennies she found on the ground.

"In the middle of the night I woke up and had an epiphany. I said every piece of jewelry I make is going to have a penny for good luck and proceeds will go to charity," Sharf said.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is just one of the many charities that benefit from these bracelets. Graim said a penny goes a long way.

"Those are vital dollars that go to a scientific study that is great for research offering hope to people like me," Graim said.

Sharf said the bracelet started simple.

"I started off with a piece of string with a penny. You tie it on as tight as you could, when it fell off you made a wish," Sharf said.

Now, she said it is fashion for a cause.

"Since I've made so many bracelets they have a crazy name like "Tre Chic" with three crystal beads on them. There's a wrap bracelet," Sharf said.

Sharf has always had a dream to give back to her community. Now, not only is she giving back but she is also making other people's dreams come true. She is doing this all with the luck of a penny.

"Life is precious. Every dollar that you can give to help someone like me and others. It means so much. Cancer is a terrible thing but we will find a cure someday," Graim said.