Jordan Phillips has skills with a sewing machine. The 13-year-old from Athens, Ohio makes pillows, headbands, skirts, quilts, and recently her ketchup packet Halloween costume. And when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, the teen decided to put her sewing skills to good use, making coffee cozies to raise money for breast cancer research.
Phillips started “Cozys for the Cure” by sewing custom cozies for coffee cups and donating profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. So far she’s raised about $18,000 for them. And as of this fall, her cozies are being sold at nearly 1,550 Walmarts across the country and for each sale, 35-cents is donated to Komen.
Her mom is now cancer-free, but this eighth-grader has no plans to stop supporting breast cancer research. “I don’t like to sit on the sidelines and watch something happen,” Phillips explains. “I want to be in there, in the action, helping to fight.”