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Pay it Forward: For the Love of Z

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One of the recipients of a reusable mask from For the Love of Z (Photo provided by Nicole Gaines)

(KUTV) A young Utah woman is doing her part to raise awareness of childhood cancer and help the families who are facing that battle.

Nicole Gaines has had two nieces with cancer, including little Zayyana, who Gaines described as "sassy."

"She was three years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia," Gaines said.

Zayyana passed away after just 135 days of fighting the cancer.

In her memory, Gaines started For the Love of Z.

She sews items like masks, pillowcases, blankets, and more to give to children who are battling cancer.

"I need to keep her memory alive and that's the best way I can find to do it," Gaines said.

Gaines also holds auctions on her Instagram in order to raise money to give to families whose children have cancer.

"It means a lot to me that I can do it," she said.

The items she sews usually have bright patterns that will be appealing to kids.

"It just kind of popped into my head because I know kids love to received something to brighten their day," Gaines said.

Right now, Gaines is sewing everything on her own.

"I would love to have people volunteer," she said.

She also dreams of turning For the Love of Z into a 501(c)3 one day.

"Because then I could actually do way more than I do now," she said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Gaines and For the Love of Z help more families dealing with childhood cancer.

If you would like to donate your sewing skills, fabric, or money to help ship items, you can visit the For the Love of Z Facebook page.

You can also follow the group on Instagram called @FortheloveofZ.


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