March 13, 2014
Updated Mar 13, 2014 at 6:37 AM EDT
Lackawanna, N.Y. (WKBW) - For many young girls making bracelets is simply a hobby but for Riley Bishop, 12, it's much more.
“I started this because I wanted to make a difference,” Bishop said.
Bishop wanted to make a difference for one little girl her friend ten-year-old Anna Mett who is battling Leukemia.
“I felt upset and wanted to help her and her family out,” Bishop said.
Bishop started with a small pack of rubber bands making these colorful bracelets. She sold a handful for two dollars each. Then, the craze caught on.
“I took it to a whole new level. I sold them to my friends at school, softball hockey,” Bishop said.
Bishop didn't stop there. She also made headbands for Anna when the chemotherapy caused her to lose her hair. She sold those headbands, along with homemade purses and wallets. She is even getting bulk orders for bracelets from teams across the area. Now, she said those dollars added up, giving Anna and her family more than $600 just before the holiday season.
“It makes me proud that I made a difference in somebody else's life,” Riley said.
Her mom Melissa Bishop said she couldn’t be more proud.
“I cant' believe she is my child. She has gone above and beyond what I expected and she has done it on her own,” Melissa Bishop said.
This money will help the Mett family, who lives in West Seneca, with medical bills and other expenses. Bishop said along with helping her friend, she wants to set an example for other people her age.
“My message to other is to try and do your best to help others who are in need. If you are in need, I say don't lose hope,” Bishop said.
Right now, Mett is still in chemotherapy. Those treatments are making her very sick but the families are hoping by summer she will be back outside play. Bishop has some big plans.
“I want to go camping again because that was a great experience. Go over and play a game and hang out with her,” Bishop said.