11/22/2010
My Voice My Community
10-year-old Jordan Grayes and Cindy Kerr share their experiences with cancer

NID student and community partner discover common ground

As Cindy Kerr was leaving Jordan Grayes' class recently, having talked about her son's death from cancer, Jordan ran up to her to tell her that his mother was a cancer survivor.

Thus began their friendship.

Cindy Kerr, founder of ConKerr Cancer, was invited to visit Jordan's 5th grade class at A.B. Day Elementary School because the students were considering a focus on childhood cancer for their Need in Deed service-learning project.

When Cindy's son Ryan was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 she began making colorful pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room. He loved them so that she was inspired to make pillowcases for other children in the Oncology Unit at Children's Hospital. Now her nonprofit recruits volunteers to make pillowcases for chronically ill children across the country.

Cindy and Jordan interviewed each other recently as part of Need in Deed's partnership with the National Day of Listening -- an initiative of StoryCorps, a national oral histories project that recognizes the importance of recording, sharing and preserving the stories of our lives.

To hear their interview, click here