Sydney started her rock necklace business when she was only 8 years old. She found beautiful rocks on the beach of Lake Michigan and turned them into necklaces with a simple string. The necklaces were a hit among family and friends. She saved up the money she earned and planned to use the money for something important. Now she knows what that is... In Sept. 2007 at 10 years old, after a lesion was discovered in her cheekbone, Sydney was diagnosed with LCH, Langerhan's Cell Histiocytosis, a rare blood disorder. The cause of the disease is unknown and it is estimated that Histiocytosis affects one in 200,000 children each year in the U.S. LCH is considered an "orphan" disease, meaning there is no government funding allocated to research the best treatments and ultimately a cure. After a biopsy confirmed Sydney's LCH diagnosis, Sydney underwent surgery to have a port implanted in her chest to receive six months of chemotherapy along with high doses of steroids. Although Histiocytosis is not classified as Cancer, it requires some of the same treatments. Sydney has been doing well since she stopped treatment and plans to continue making and selling her rock necklaces until a cure is found for LCH. 100% of the money earned from her Syd Rocks for LCH necklaces will be donated for medical research to find a cure for LCH and $10 from each t shirt sale will be donated to the Giving Rocks Foundation established to help other charities and projects Sydney has come to know and love.