Leah is the Founder and President of BecuzIcare11, now a 501c3 organization with the goal of spreading kindness throughout the world. The number “11” matches Leah’s basketball number as well as the basketball number of her cousin, Terri Byrd, who passed away at 16 years old in 2015. Leah added the number 11 to BecuzIcare because she wanted a piece of her and Terri’s memory to stay with each bracelet as it traveled around the world.
The words written on each BecuzIcare11 card that comes with the bracelet reads:
Because I care is a program that can go all around the country. All you have to do is start with a few bracelets then whenever you do something nice for someone (i.e. buy their coffee at Starbucks, or pay them a compliment) you give them a bracelet, and pass down this message: In a world with so many issues, let’s just show other people that they are valued.
This message was written by Leah at 10 years old, but will forever ring true throughout the globe.