ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A 7-year-old who battled leukemia as a toddler helps other children with cancer by selling lemonade.
Caroline Gallagher raises money for childhood cancer on Saturday 5 June. Her lemonade stand is in the yard of her family’s home in St. Petersburg.
“First we add water, then the sugar, then some lemonade juice, then we stir everything together, and that’s lemonade,” said Caroline Gallagher.
Caroline’s sister, Charlotte, also helps.
“We make the lemonade. We pour it into the cups, give it to people,” Charlotte said.
Drivers are allowed to queue in front of the house and the family will bring lemonade to each car. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to go virtual. Caroline had huge success, raising over $20,000.
“We’re thankful to be back because even though the world literally stopped, childhood cancer didn’t. We’re thankful we can do something to help,” said mother Danielle Gallagher.
The event coincides with the Lemonade Days. It is a national movement inspired by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex, an 8-year-old from Connecticut, died in 2004. She raised $1 million from lemonade sales before her death.
Caroline said she wants to help the doctors, so they have medicine for sick kids. Caroline was diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months old. The 7-year-old is in remission.
“She still goes to the All Children’s oncology team every three months, so all of her results have been great, her counts have been great, so we’re grateful for that,” Danielle said.
“I’m just a really grateful parent because our niece lost her battle with cancer while Caroline was still under treatment, so we know firsthand how this journey could end too.”
The lemonade has no price, but Caroline asks for donations.
The Saturday event will run from 10.30am to 1.30pm
100% of donations go to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
For more information, visit cclemonade.com.