Lily’s Lemonade for a Cause Raises Money for Leiomyosarcoma
Ten year-old Lily has run a lemonade stand for five years now. This is no ordinary business but one with a purpose where 100% of the proceeds are donated. When asked why she does it, she responds, “I like to help others.”
This year’s stand was held on May 20. Despite torrential downpour, it was opened from 9-3 and raised a total of $8,350. This year’s cause was special. Money was raised to support Leiomyosarcoma research in memory of her father who lost his three-year battle to this rare form of cancer in November 2015.
Lily’s Lemonade has raised a total of more than $26,000 in its five years of operation – all for the benefit of cancer patients and their caregivers! The first year in 2013, the $600 raised went towards care packages that Lily made and handed out at the Simon Cancer Center where her father was being treated. Since then, the funds have supported either local families with loved ones battling cancer, or not-for-profit organizations that support caregivers and patients. What once was a little stand evolved into more of a community event that patrons looked forward to every year.
Lily’s Lemonade occurs on Indiana Lemonade Day, which is part of National Lemonade Day. Next time you see lemonade stand on the street, please support a young entrepreneur.