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Gracie's Mums Raise Funds in Memory of Jason Box

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As Grace Box chats with a prospective customer, she reflects on bittersweet memories of her late brother, Jason.

"He would come sit down here with me every year and help me sell for the first day, and he would always tease me about doing this, but in the end he loved sitting out there and helping me," said Box.

It started as an FFA project. For nearly 6 years, Grace would grow mums, sell them, and invest back into her business, buying more flowers and expanding her crop. But when her brother Jason died in a car accident last year, she knew she wanted to give back to something he loved.

"Wrestling has just been something that's in our family. It's kind of in our blood and I want to be able to give back to my brother's name," explained Box.

And so, for the first time, all of the money Grace raises will go towards the Jason Box Foundation, which provides wrestling scholarships for area high schoolers, something that warms her mom's heart.

"I know that Jason is very proud of his sister's choices," said Kris Box, Grace's mother.

And Mom is proud too.

"I have extreme pride in her work ethic and her drive to succeed," Kris Box stated.

For Grace, who's headed off to the University of Arkansas next year, her brother's passion for life is something she plans to take with her.

"It makes me feel like I'm doing something memorable and it's making him proud. He always wanted to get his business degree and so I'm getting my Ag business degree, but it's kind of something that I knew he wanted to get done, and he wanted to get that accomplishment, so it just brings it closer to my heart that I'm gonna get it done...do it for him," said Box.

Grace sold out at the fall festival and has raised over f$4,000 for the Jason Box Foundation.

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