Kids’ lemonade stand donates to cancer research

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Richard Willis, 8, of Petersburg, left, and his sister, Danielle, 12, watch as their cousin, Skylar Atwood, 4, of Jasper, counts the earnings from their lemonade stand on Jackson Street in Jasper on Friday. They made over $40, which they plan to donate to Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Their grandmother, Judy Atwood, and her neighbor currently receive treatment at the Chicago location.


Three children took time out of their summer vacation Friday afternoon to help their grandmother and her neighbors combat one of the country’s deadliest diseases.

Richard Willis, 8, of Petersburg, his sister, Danielle, 12, and their cousin, Skylar Atwood, 4, of Jasper, sold lemonade to raise money for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America as a way of supporting their grandmother, Judy Atwood, and some of her neighbors who have cancer.

They set up shop outside of Atwood’s home on the 1400 block of Jackson St.

“We didn’t know we were doing it until today,” Danielle said.

They sold the lemonade for 50 cents and raised about $40. The kids helped their grandmother make the lemonade and they set up the stand.

“It was wonderful that every single person who got the lemonade gave much over of what it cost,” Judy said. “There was a young guy, had to be only 21, came by. He had to be our first customer; he gave them a $10 bill.”

She said many people gave donations without even taking the lemonade.

“It’s just so sweet and heartwarming and the kids were excited every time someone stopped, so it’s really wonderful,” she said.

The kids originally were just going to raise money for their grandmother’s neighbor, Rose Barkley, but she told them it would be better to give it to someone who needs it more, so they decided to give the money to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago, which is where Judy and Barkley, who both have breast cancer, get their treatment.

“She’s always thinking of something to do for me,” Barkley said of Skylar. “It’s awesome that they are willing to take time out of their summer to try and help us.”

Barkley said she was hesitant to ask for help when she was first diagnosed with cancer, but eventually realized she needed it.

“You can’t always do it by yourself,” she said.

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