An eight-year-old Granville student has created inspiration and awareness in the Granville Community through her fight against breast cancer.

An eight-year-old Granville student has created inspiration and awareness in the Granville Community through her fight against breast cancer.

Katie Gold raised $800 for breast cancer research this year by selling lemonade and gift baskets. After being featured for her work on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Gold came back home and decided to ask the Granville Elementary and Granville Intermediate Parent/Teacher Organizations if the two schools could help raise more money.

Katie's mother, Linnae, said she wasn't too sure if Katie should have set her goal at raising $10,000 more, but the schools came through and Katie is now at $5,637.21.

"I felt like we were making a difference," said 12-year-old Madeline Sharp. Sharp and 11-year-old Hayden Dunlap decided to go door to door asking for money to help Gold's cause.

"We got 14 rejections," Sharp said, but she said they kept asking and started to get a better response. Together they collected $145.

"I didn't think we could raise that much," Dunlap said.

Ten-year-old Brittany Gross and 11-year-old Hannah Sumich said they raised $124 going door to door. Before they went out, the two researched facts about breast cancer so they could talk to people about it.

Two other students, both of whom have had relatives with breast cancer, wrote a song about the disease and sang it on the loud speaker. Ten-year-old Olivia Bellofatto and 11-year-old Journey Link said it took them a couple of weeks to come up with the concept and about a day to put it all together.

"Breast cancer may bring us down, but if you look up there are hearts all around," they sang.

Toward the end of the song, the two sang about faith and how important it is to have faith in yourself if you've been diagnosed with breast cancer. "Faith goes with you when you're scared," they sang.

Teachers said their students shared ideas about how to raise money in class. Students then went out by themselves or in groups to implement their ideas. Sixth-grade teacher Ashley Dugan said her students raked leaves, held bake sales and asked friends and neighbors to contribute. Together, her class raised $521.65: the most money of any class in either building.

Sixth-grade teacher Jen Riley said some students even donated some of their own money for the cause.

"They brought in their own piggy banks," she said. "Some of them even said they didn't need to be recognized for what they were doing."

Riley summed up the whole event, saying, "It's amazing what one little girl (Gold) started."

lwince@thisweeknews.com