Young Valley Stream sisters create bracelets for children with cancer 'to brighten their day'
Two Valley Stream sisters, ages 9 and 12, are putting smiles on the faces of children with cancer by donating special homemade pieces of jewelry.
Gabby and Sarina Vernov are sisters who turned the family heartbreak of losing their grandmother and great-grandmother to pancreatic cancer into a humanitarian effort.
"We were really upset and we're like, 'We're not alone.' There are millions of other families and we're like, 'If we can brighten up someone's day, that may as well help them and bring joy to them,'" says 12-year-old Gabby Vernov.
The talented sisters are making and donating bracelets to organizations and hospitals in the United States and Israel for children who were diagnosed with cancer through their company, Glow4Kids.
For every bracelet they sell, three bracelets are donated.
"I love making bracelets but with this project, I can make as many as I want, and I don't have to just make it for me. I can make it for other people to brighten their day, so that makes me happy," says 9-year-old Sarina Vernov.
The bracelets that the sisters make are made of beads and clay beads. They have donated nearly 400 bracelets so far.
"Cancer walks, cancer research has always been in our family, so grandma is probably extremely proud. She's part of my every day," says Inna Vernov, the girls' mother.
"My mom being a pediatrician and taking care of kids all her life, she was a dedicated doctor, a loved doctor. I guarantee she's smiling right now because of what her grandchildren are doing and working on her legacy," says the girls' father, Henry Vernov.
If you would like to learn more about Glow4Kids, visit their website.