Kelly’s identical twin brother Mark wore an identical wristband when he announced last month that he was resuming training for a shuttle flight in April. Mark Kelly is commander of shuttle Endeavour’s last flight. His wife is undergoing rehabilitation at a hospital in Houston, where he is training.
Giffords intern Ryan Pont said he and another intern came up with the idea for the wristbands after seeing a sign at a makeshift memorial outside her Tucson office that read: “Peace, love, Gabby.”
The office got a company to make the wristbands, and have sold nearly 14,000 of them. They sell for $1 at various events in Tucson, and sell online for $2 at peacelovegabby.com.
So far, sales from the wristbands have raised nearly $10,000, which will fund a scholarship at Arizona State University in the name of Gabe Zimmerman, a Giffords‘ staffer killed in the mass shooting.
AP Writer Amanda Lee Myers contributed to this report from Phoenix.
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