Pageant queens help cancer patients

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 2:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A group of teenagers are proving they are more than just sashes and tiaras. The teens are helping patients at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

Room by room, they brighten the way with Krispy Kreme donuts, inspirational cards, hats, gloves and word games. Anything to warm the hearts and stomachs of each cancer patient.

It's a first for the Teen and Miss pageant titleholders from across Kentucky. Young men are also volunteering with the Dream Factory of Louisville.

It's a bit of magic for unsuspecting patients like Becki Greener who is receiving treatment for fallopian cancer who depends on her faith.

Greener actually knows some of the kids. She was their teacher at Christian Academy and now things have come full circle.

The teens make their rounds, this time, bringing cheer to lung cancer patient Deborah Bedford.

"It feels like Christmas all over again. It's wonderful to be surprised and acknowledged. I thank god for it," Bedford said.

"I think family is very important and since I was little my grandmother has always taken care of me. Being that she's in critical condition my family is more important than anything," Bedford’s granddaughter, Shaquela Jackson said.

"The Miss America organization is a beautiful system we have four points of the crown. Success, style, scholarship and service. So those are our main goal. So that's our main goal is to get out there and serve people," volunteer Ashley Ferry said.
 

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