Video: 2012 Jefferson Awards winner Greer Gates

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by KING 5 TV

KING5.com

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 13 at 10:18 AM

When Greer Gates was 7 years old, the term "cancer" entered her vocabulary when she saw the effects on a family friend, Nancy, who was struggling with ovarian cancer. 

Greer was inspired to act with a vision that she could make a difference not only for Nancy, but also for so many others affected by this devastating disease.

She began making and selling jewelry, donating all the money to cancer research with the goal of someday seeing a cure. Greer, now 14, has sold more than $37,000.00 in her "Jewels of Hope" creations. 

This success gave Greer a strong foundation for her work and led her to help other kids develop their own charitable projects.

Greer is working on a book for other kids about philanthropy and community involvement. 

It lays out the steps that kids of any age can take to start their own endeavor, including finding a cause they are passionate about, deciding what type of item they can produce and sell or what service they can offer to raise money for their cause.

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