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Cancer survivor Carter Gates, 12, and his friends have raised more than $5,000 for childhood cancer research by holding craft sales Cancer survivor Carter Gates, 12, and his friends have raised more than $5,000 for childhood cancer research by holding craft sales
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When a seven year old boy from Briargate was diagnosed with Leukemia a few years ago, his friends from school started a craft sale to raise money for childhood cancer research.  Now as a healthy middle schooler, 12 year old Carter Gates and his classmates keep the sales going and they’ve raised a surprising amount.

All of their items are hand-made. Castyn Borg knits hats and scarves, Eli Considine makes paracord bracelets with Carter. Sophia Goodall and Maddie Lentz both make non-sticky slime, a recipe they learned from watching videos on YouTube.

The sales started when the friends were all in elementary school as a way to help deal with Carter’s diagnosis.

“I was diagnosed in 2013 and immediately transferred to Childcare's Hospital,” Carter recalled. “I had a mass in my chest and had to get 3 and 1/2 years of treatment."

Emma Considine, Eli’s twin sister, said at first they didn’t know how to handle what happened to Carter.

"We didn't really understand what cancer was but we just knew it was making our friend sick and we didn't like that," she said.

Maddie explained that they all started brainstorming ideas on how to help.

"We were all like, hey let’s do a lemonade stand, or hey let’s do a craft sale and it all just came together,” she said.

Castyn admits she had her doubts about how well it would work.

"I honestly thought that we weren't going to make very much because it's like well we're second graders, we can't make very good stuff," she said.

And the first sale didn’t go so well.

"We made like $20 off our parents and grandparents,” Emma explained

But they kept at it, holding sales on weekends when everyone was in town. They also took their crafts to community garage sales. One of their biggest fundraising days came during the latest Pine Creek Market when the kids brought in $827.

Carter and his dad made 10 custom candy machines that were popular merchandise.

All told, the kids have $5,287 in the three and half years that they’ve been holding the Crafts for Cancer sales.

Carter donates all the money to the Children’s Foundation when he visits the hospital for his monthly check ups. Their fundraising prowess surprised even the doctors and administrators at Childrens.

"We even had our own liquid nitrogen freezer named after us," Carter said.

The kids tell us, making crafts is just fun.

“It's really fun to be with a whole bunch of other people who love crafts like I do and be able to make them for other people,” said Naomi Patterson.

It also shows that age doesn't matter when you're working together on something bigger than yourself.

“Doing the right thing is really fun and it pays off more than you think,” said Emma.

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