(Article published in The Athens Messenger Fourteen-year-old Athens County resident Jordan Phillips is the 2018 recipient of the Child of Appalachia Award bestowed by The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The youngest recipient of the award, to date, Jordan has raised more than $100,000 to help fight breast cancer, with an emphasis on the Appalachian Ohio region.
The award honors Jordan for her dedicated work on Cozys for the Cure coffee cup holders to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. At age 11, when her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, Jordan pulled out the family sewing machine and began creating the holders from fabric scraps.
In her first year of fundraising, Jordan sewed several hundred of the cozys, raising more than $5,700. Her success caused Walmart to agree to stock 200,000 of the cozys in their stores, resulting in the $100,000 total raised for the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
“When I first started making these cozy’s, I just wanted to do what I could to help my mom and all those who also suffer from breast cancer, Jordan said. “I had no idea that the project would inspire so many people and become so successful.... It’s really taught me that it doesn’t matter how young you are or where you come from — if your heart is in the right place and you’re motivated to work in the service of others, you can accomplish so many amazing things.”
The Susan G. Koman Foundation is the largest breast cancer organization in the United States, with the goal of ending breast cancer by funding groundbreaking research, community health and advocacy programs globally.