Finding hope at Levelland's Early Settlers Day

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 7/12 11:56 pm
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Levelland's Early Settlers Day honors the pioneers of the past. It is one of the biggest events on the South Plains. The celebration features live music, food vendors and lots of arts and crafts. Organizers say it is a time to celebrate with the early settlers of the past and the pioneers of the future.

But we found one booth with a little more meaning behind it: "Wreaths for a Reason."

Kenna Pruitt calls herself a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed last February 2013 when she was 29 years old. She started making wreaths after her surgery to supplement the cost of medical bills.

Reporter asks, "So are you completely cancer free now?"

"I am not. I'm in treatment currently," Kenna answered. "I had a double mastectomy in October and so I'm still currently doing treatment. I had radiation and then I go once every 28 days for treatment still."

For Kenna and her mother Belinda, Early Settlers Day is not just a time to make money, but to connect with the West Texas community.

"Just being out here the duration, the people that we meet, Kenna getting to share her story and then someone else coming by and sharing theirs. We've really been blessed to be a part of that," Belinda Pruitt said.

Not only does Kenna use the proceeds to go to her own medical bills, but she also helps other breast cancer patients, too.

"Helping with little things like pedicures, groceries and gift cards sometimes just so they can get something they want," Kenna said.

Kenna thinks a pedicure is not necessarily something a cancer patient needs, but can make a huge impact.

"It's a huge difference," Kenna said. "I think people always try to do the big things and forget about the little things like somebody coming to clean your house or do laundry. Because you're just tired all of the time and you want to do stuff, but you just can't."

Reporter asks, "Can wreaths make a difference?"

"I believe they can," Belinda answered. "Those little things that we're doing, those gift cards that we're giving. You know if a woman needs her laundry done that week or if she needs the house cleaned, if we can provide that through one of the gift cards, we're making a difference."

Kenna said the support of the folks at Early Settlers day keep her strong and positive.

To visit the Facebook page for Wreaths for a Reason, click here. You can also contact Kenna by email at wreathsforareason@gmail.com or by phone (806)-292-2119.
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