CHKD cancer survivor gives back through LemonAid

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — National Anthem and the Families of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, can make lemonade from lemons again. They are in the middle of the National Anthem LemonAid fundraiser for local children with cancer.

Last year the pandemic forced it to be 100% virtual, but this year there are some big changes.

Inside The Got Fish? Seafood restaurant in Hampton, Tre Charity and his mother, Rita, make sure everything is right at their LemonAid booth.

“Tre is our miracle,” Rita said.

When Trey was four, doctors at CHKD diagnosed him with: Chronic myeloid leukemia.

“I just remember going to the hospital a lot,” Tre said.

“It was hard for him. It was hard for our family. It was hard for our village,” Rita said.

Rita said CHKD’s team brought comfort to her family and the reason is that her 13-year-old son is here today.

“CHKD has helped us from the beginning and they are still helping us. He has now been cancer-free for five years.”

After a year of virtual fundraising, the Anthem LemonAid stands are back in our communities. It’s a welcome sight for the team at CHKD, who say they raised about $50,000 last year.

“The event usually raises $95,000 somewhere in that area. So we weren’t far off,” said Briana Jackson, volunteer and event coordinator for The King’s Daughters.

Jackson is hopeful that those fundraising dollars will skyrocket this year. All proceeds benefit the CHKD Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

“We know that children are not little adults, you know, they need special machines and equipment and different medicines, and of course they cost money, just like everything else, and so we need all the help we can get to do those things. to provide and have. for our kids,” Jackson said.

Kids like Tre, a survivor who joins his family to give back to those who saved his life.

“There is hope. There are people who care. There are people who have survived and who are willing to make sure that they give something back so that others can survive,” Rita said.

July 31st is the last day of the fundraiser. It’s not too late to get involved! To receive the free LemonAid booth supplies, participate in fun online lemon fundraisers, or donate, click here.

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