“Arm Kandi” project
Three years ago, Ford and Brennen Riddle lost their mother, Kandi Riddle, to a five-year battle with breast cancer.
“The months leading up to her loss changed our lives forever, revealing the generosity and compassionate nature of this community,” said the siblings. “After losing our father, Chip Riddle, to cancer years earlier, our mother took it upon herself to raise us while dealing with her own battle with cancer.”
As the cancer progressed and their mother’s time here on earth seemed less and less certain, Ford and Brennen and their close family friends Hannah, Mary Beth and Anne Montgomery began making simple bracelets. It was their way of coping and of doing something together, especially during long days at the hospital.
They called the bracelets “Arm Kandi.” With the help of family and friends and social media, Arm Kandi quickly went viral. They started selling like crazy and within months their Arm Kandi project had raised thousands of dollars they intended to donate to Cancer Navigators.
Recently, Ford Riddle attended a Cancer Navigators board of directors meeting and presented the nonprofit with a check for $10,800 from the project.
But they want to see that Arm Kandi money grow two- or threefold by the end of the year.
“We are challenging those who live and work in the Greater Rome region to match our Arm Kandi gift. We’d love to see it doubled, even tripled, by the end of 2014. In fact, we’d love for the giving to continue year after year through donations, pledges and through our Arm Kandi bracelets that will once again be created and sold,” the Riddle siblings say in a letter that will soon be mailed out to the community.
The Darlington High School seniors are making bracelets for “Arm Kandi” for their senior service project. Proceeds made from the sale of these bracelets will be donated to Cancer Navigators in memory of former Darlington faculty member Kandi Riddle.