Arkansas girl, 9, raises over $47k for friend with skin disease

BENTON, Ark. – A 9-year-old from Arkansas raised nearly $50,000 for her friend who suffers from a rare skin disease.

For girls Bethany Walker’s age, making bracelets is a pretty common hobby. But for Bethany, it’s connected to something more.

“Our waitress, she was wearing bracelets that her little sister was making,” she said.

That’s when Bethany came up with the idea for Bracelets by Bethany to raise money for her best friend Anne Marie.

“She has this skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa,” Bethany explained. “If you lightly touch her, she’ll get blisters.”

Bethany sold the bracelets on Facebook and raised more than $47,000 in just 19 weeks. The money was used to build a salt water pool for Anne Marie.

“There really is no cure, but the pool will help those blisters heal,” Bethany said.

Thanks to people from coast to coast buying bracelets, Anne Marie was able to take her first steps into the new pool in June.

“We have a race, like, who can swim the fastest,” Bethany said. “I normally win by a little.”

But it’s making an even bigger splash in Anne Marie’s life.

“[The best part is] spending time with my family,” Anne Marie said.

Anne Marie’s mom said she can now play with her friends and family in the pool – something she really wasn’t able to do before.

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