Aeryonnah Zura likes to help other people.
Not only did she cut her long, shiny hair so it could be made into wigs for sick children, she also took part in the Panerathon, a run that raises funds for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
Between haircuts and the annual Panerathon, Aeryonnah still wanted to do something more that would help people. Encouraged by her parents, Sara and Jason Zura, of Austintown, the 9-year-old third-grader made rubber-band bracelets to sell at a craft show and donated all the proceeds to benefit Humility of Mary Health Partners' Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
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Austintown third grader Aeryonnah Zura presents a check for $60 to Juli Dulay, manager of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Aeryonnah sold her hair and took part in the Panerathon to raise funds for Joanie's Promise, a program that provides free diagnostic breast services to uninsured and underinsured women.
Aeryonnah's dad built a display and her mom rented the table and Aeryonnah went to work, enticing buyers with the promise that whatever they spent would help uninsured and underinsured women in the Mahoning Valley receive the diagnostic breast services they need.
According to Aeryonnah, donating the money she raised to the Joanie Abdu Breast Center made sense, ''because I have a lot of girls in my family,'' she said.
Aeryonnah has three younger sisters and a great aunt, Joyce Russell, who works as Dr. Nancy Gantt's medical assistant. Gantt is co-director of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center.
Aeryonnah presented a check for $60 to Juli Dulay, manager of the breast center on Feb. 14. Next time, Aeryonnah says, her goal is to raise $100 so she can split the proceeds between the center and another worthy organization.