Temple: Children fighting cancer receive handmade wooden boxes

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A Brazos Valley group that makes art from wood stops by McLane’s Children medical center Wednesday morning.

The wood-turners donated 100 boxes to the Beads for Courage program for children fighting cancer, through which pediatric cancer patients get colored beads for each treatment they undergo.

The beads are stored in the special boxes.

“It’s a gift to us when you see the kids this morning take those boxes and smile,” Brazos Valley Woodturners member Kenneth Mays said.

All the boxes have an original and unique design.

“It’s so nice for the kids, especially the younger ones to look back one day and realize that they went through a lot,” Christi Hale said.

Hale’s 7-year-old daughter, Evangeline, has been fighting cancer since March.

“Really, there are no words. It’s so hard to explain when you first get a diagnosis. It’s mostly you’re shocked,” Hale said.

Later this month, the wood-turners are delivering 400 boxes to hospitals in Lubbock, the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Austin.