BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Rovi Faber's one bedroom apartment in Bethesda, Maryland was always big enough for her. But recently she turned part of her home into the headquarters of her growing non-profit organization. Rovi started Pull Tabs For Charity in celebration of her only daughter Jody's life.
"Jody was collecting tabs for Ronald McDonals' House Charities and it seemed natural to us to want to continue in her memory," she said.
In 1998, Jody was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast cancer; which then spread to her brain. Doctors only gave Jody about 5-months. But she defied the odds and lived 6 years and 5 months.
Instead of giving into her grief and sadness, Rovi chose to give back and started pulling tabs. She has taken Pull Tabs For Charity across the country. There are 680 processing sites in 47 states and 5 countries. Rovi has even gotten the military on board. Army brigades in war zones, plus sailors and marines on battleships have all donated. At this time she has collected thousands of pounds of tabs at 75-cents a pound. The program only takes the tabs no cans.
Rovi hopes to get young people to take up her challenge. She told us if just one student out of a hundred would collect a pound a year, the charity could donate $575,000 to National Cancer Institute and Ronald McDonald House charities.
Rovi also said, "I feel confident that my daughter Jody is smiling from ear to ear knowing her dream has become a reality."
Not everyone will want to pull tabs but another way to help out the Pull Tab charity is by wearing tabs. Money raised from the sale of purses and jewelry made from all pull tabs will also go to cancer research .