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New recruits join Addie's Army

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Teen Court members selling bracelets for cancer-stricken child

By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County Teen Court has enlisted in Addie’s Army.

Members of Teen Court are raising money for the Addie’s Army Foundation, created to assist Addilyn Roberts, 3, who was diagnosed with leukemia. The teens are creating survival bracelets and selling them for $5.

Zyaid Banihani, a junior at Elizabethtown High School and a member of Teen Court, said he and his peers were discussing fundraising opportunities for Teen Court when the concept arose. He suggested raising money or collecting donations for something outside Teen Court and suggested Addie’s Army as the recipient.

Zyaid’s brother was making survival bracelets at the time, which prompted the idea.

The bracelets are made of paracord, a utility nylon rope, and allow backpackers and hikers to easily carry a useful amount of cord with them. Undone, the rope can be used for a variety of purposes such as tourniquets, hence the “survival” name.

Zyaid liked the idea of a survival theme for the bracelets.

This is the first time Teen Court members have planned a fundraiser for another organization, he said.

Though he didn’t know Addilyn’s family, he has known others who received a cancer diagnosis.

“If we can help someone else, why not?” Zyaid said.

Teen Court members are searching for places to sell bracelets. Their goal is to raise at least $500, he said.

The community has rallied around Addilyn and her family after an acquaintance, Kyle T. Nunn, 30, was accused by Louisville Metro Police of stealing $9,000 from the foundation and a Louisville bar. Nunn claimed he was using the money to stage a benefit concert for Addilyn, police said.

The bar, Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, is hosting two benefit concerts in March for the toddler. A show including country musician Gary Allan starts at 5 p.m. March 25, and cover band Cover Me Badd performs at 9 p.m. March 7.

Those interested in purchasing a survival bracelet or helping Teen Court’s efforts can call Zyaid at 270-312-5962.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.