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Freedom Beads Sold to Provide Eating Disorder Treatment

Junior Erika Giannelli makes and sells bracelets of colorful wooden, glass and plastic beads to raise awareness of eating disorders. She calls her bracelets "Freedom Beads" and the proceeds of her project benefit the Renfrew Center, a residential eating disorder treatment facility in Philadelphia. So far, the project has raised almost $1,700.

Having struggled with an eating disorder herself and having attended the Renfrew Center about two years ago, Giannelli said she started the project to bring more attention to eating disorders, what she called "the elephant in the room," that everyone sees but isn't sure how to bring up.

The proceeds will help the Renfrew Foundation start a private fund to support one girl's stay at the center. Giannelli also started a Facebook group where she has promoted her project and sold bracelets to people across the country. Giannelli will continue selling bracelets for $10 each. Go to: