Jennifer Crozier's story touched all of us. Doctors diagnosed her with stage three breast cancer a month ago. Her grandmother died from breast cancer. Her mom is a survivor. In the midst of chemotherapy, Jennifer will take the $1,000 and make it grow for a Komen for the Cure walk in Phoenix. "I would like to push for $10,000 so we could live in a world where potentially there is no more breast cancer, so my 5-year-old daughter doesn't have to deal with it."
One hundred twenty-four students will also get a chance to "Pay It Forward." Scholarships allow children to attend Sacred Heart School in Omaha. The students plan to give back some of what they've been given by using the $1,000 grant as seed money for a community garden at an abandoned lot.
"When we're done we will have picked up an empty lot, made our neighborhood look nice, gotten a chance to work and learn and provide a source of food for people in the community who need it."
The other four award recipients are Heartland Honor Flight, submitted by Bob Moser; Juvenile Diabetes, an entry from Stacy Lamprecht; Millard North Amnesty from Rhonda Betzold and People Helping People by Dave, Robin, Christian, Nicholas and Erin Laney.
First National Bank handed out the grant money earlier. The work is now in progress. Links in the right column take you to features on the six efforts.
Channel 6 For The Heartland and First National Bank thank you for the overwhelming response to "Pay it Forward."