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Forum columnist Nicole Phillips and her daughter featured on Hallmark Channel

Nicole Phillips (in pink) and her daughter, Jordan (blue), pose with the hosts of Hallmark Channel's "Home and Family." Hallmark Channel / Special to The Forum

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Forum's Kindness is Contagious columnist Nicole Phillips and her 14-year-old daughter had just gotten off Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters ride at Disneyland when they took a break for a phone interview.

But Phillips and her daughter, Jordan, weren't just enjoying any old mother-daughter getaway on Wednesday, June 20 — Nicole, the former Fargo TV news anchor and wife of former North Dakota State University basketball coach Saul Phillips, and Jordan were invited to California for a special reason.

The Hallmark Channel invited the two to appear on its morning show, "Home and Family," to talk about Cozys for the Cure, Jordan's project to raise money for breast cancer research by selling hand-sewn coffee cup sleeves.

The episode premiered Wednesday morning, June 20, and will be rebroadcast at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21.

The teenager got the idea in 2015 after her mom was diagnosed with stage 2 lobular invasive carcinoma. Nicole is now cancer-free, but the cozys continue to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation — approximately $100,000 to date — thanks in part to Walmart, which purchased about 200,000 of them.

Nicole said she was both honored and surprised when they got the call from Hallmark offering to fly them to Los Angeles.

"Jordan and I love the Hallmark Channel," she said. "We are nutso about sitting on the couch and watching their movies together."

The younger Phillips said she was excited when her parents told her about Hallmark's offer.

"I was at a track meet about ready to do long jump," Jordan said. "I think I almost face-planted from the excitement."

This was not Jordan's first major interview for Cozys for the Cure. She's appeared on "NBC Nightly News" with Lester Holt and on People.com. Nonetheless, she said this one was extra fun.

"It's not every day you get to go to L.A. and see a real TV studio," Jordan said.

After they taped the show on Tuesday, June 19, the Phillips set off on sightseeing, including their stop at Disneyland. Saul Phillips and Jordan's brothers stayed home.

Nicole said none of the success of the cozys would have happened without overwhelming support from the communities of Fargo and Athens, Ohio, where the Phillips now live after Saul accepted a job as head coach at Ohio University.

She said she's proud of her daughter who has "such a special heart" and liked how it's affected Jordan, who began Cozys for the Cure when she was just 11 years old.

"She's moving into high school this year and it's such a time of self-awareness — you know those middle school years — but because of this project, I don't think she got caught up in the drama of middle school," she said. "She could look and see that 'I can change women's lives and have an impact.' It's been a game-changer."

Watch the episode

Hallmark Channel's episode of "Home and Family" featuring Nicole and Jordan Phillips will re-air at 11 a.m. CST on Thursday, June 21. To buy a cozy, go to shopathensohio.com.

Tracy Briggs

Tracy Briggs is a former TV anchor/radio host currently working as a features writer and video host for Forum Communications.

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