Suburban family fights COVID-19 pandemic with colorful, purpose-driven wristbands

Apr. 9, 2020 // GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — When quarantine kept them inside and their thoughts were consumed with protecting their grandparents, a family business was born.

Meet the Royce family, who has been busy with relief efforts at their west suburban Glen Ellyn home.

“We were talking, and we started thinking about what life was going to be like when we were all back together,” said Kenna Royce. “And we knew that we needed a way to distinguish the people who were high risk for the virus from the people who have already had it and were not in that high-risk category.”

Inspired by their grandparents, Kenna and her brothers Colby and Hayden said they wanted a way to keep them safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

And that’s how they came up with the idea for colorful wristbands. The project has been a labor of love.

BlueStone Advisors has provided funding for the wristbands so far, but Kenna and her family would love other sponsors and/or supporters. To honor those on the frontlines of the pandemic, the family made a special purple version which they plan to donate to healthcare workers. Additionally, through a partnership with local company CNC Medical, the family is providing red wristbands to any child in Illinois who has an underlying medical condition.

“We’re going to be donating 500 wristbands to any medical institution that wants to provide them to their frontline workers that are working everyday risking their lives to save ours,” said father Andy Royce.

ArtVersion is a creative agency specializing in branding, graphic design and web development that listened to the idea and immediately jumped on board to donate time to the project.

To learn more about the wristbands, check out: https://www.covidwristband.com/

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