SEATTLE -- The Pink Bandanas Guild is a close-knit group of young ladies. These high school freshmen, friends since elementary school, are united by a tragedy that would be tough for people of any age: When they were just nine years old, they lost their friend Sarah to brain cancer.
Since then, the girls formed the guild to raise money for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's Hospital. Every so often, they get together to tie headbands and ponytail holders. In the four years since they started, they've raised over $72,000!
"It makes me feel proud that I'm a part of something like this," Betsy Ratliffe told us at a recent meet-up. "Especially when we get to meet kids that are going through something like what Sarah went through, and knowing we can be helping them."
Gene Juarez Salons and Spas are teaming up with the guild for the month of May for Brain Cancer Awareness Month, selling 3-packs of the Pink Bandanas ponytail holders in all ten salons!
Their hard work has earned these girls a ticket to We Day Seattle, a local arena-sized event that honors students from all over our state with celebrity performances and inspirational speakers. The movement started in Canada years ago, and moved into cities across the U.S. in just the last four years. Students earn their ticket by doing something on a local and global level that benefits the community in a positive way.
We Day Seattle is Wednesday, April 20th at Seattle's Key Arena.