LEMONADE STAND RAISES FUNDS FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER
- September 9, 2016
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Six years ago, two children decided to run a lemonade stand and donate some of their earnings to a local hospital.
Now, Newman Village’s annual Lemonade Stand has transformed into a communitywide event, raising thousands of dollars that this year will benefit children battling pediatric cancer.
Brothers Morgan and Maddox Paterson began their lemonade stand not knowing the impact it would have. After running their stand on a whim one summer six years ago, their mother Terri Paterson-Mcelhaney decided that rather than her boys keep the funds, they donate them.
They decided on the Change for Children program, which benefits Children’s Medical Center of Plano. Each year funds have increased, beginning with $500 from their first year to $3,000 raised last summer.
“The kids are learning how to give back to the community and to give back to charity,” Terri said. “Seeing that we are in a very privileged society, it is important to teach the children how giving back is so much bigger and more important.”
Along with increased funds, Newman Village’s annual Lemonade Stand has expanded to include kids throughout the neighborhood. So not only do the Paterson kids continue to sell their lemonade and baked goods, kids and families all over Newman Village get involved and set up stands on multiple streets and corners.
Lemonade was sold for 50 cents while baked treats were sold for $1 each in Newman Village surrounding Fallbrook Drive. Last month, Newman Village’s sixth annual Lemonade Stand raised $16, 532, the highest amount to date.
However, funds from this year’s stands will go toward a new organization. This year marks the beginning of a novel partnership between the Newman Village Annual Lemonade Stand and the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation. Founder and president of the foundation, Kimberly Wade, met Terri through mutual friends who started this new friendship and fundraising initiative.
Wade started her foundation in honor of her deceased son Jonny, died at 8 years old.
“My son Jonny Wade was diagnosed with a brain cancer the day after Christmas in 2014,” Kimberly explained. “He ended up losing his battle after 363 days of fighting cancer and died Christmas Eve last year. During that time, he repeatedly said that he didn’t want any other kids to have cancer.”
In January, Wade created the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation to help make Jonny’s wish come true. Since then, there has been an outpouring of support on social media, which was where Kimberly met Terri and got involved in the Newman Village Lemonade Stand.
“The community’s commitment to bringing awareness and funds to this foundation has just been overwhelming,” Wade said. “We are so blessed by everyone in the Frisco area who has come out. We are so grateful for all of them.”
Funds from the most recent lemonade stands will go to the foundation to fund research in hopes of finding a cure or better treatments for pediatric cancer. Many Frisco residents came out to buy a refreshing drink this past weekend or run their own stand, including Texas Rep. Pat Fallon.
Fallon and his wife became friends with neighbor Terri, who introduced them to Wade and the foundation. Since then, Fallon has been an advocate for fighting pediatric cancer by running marathons in Jonny’s honor and also donating the bright yellow shirts volunteers and participants of the lemonade stand wore for the event.
“It’s been a really successful event over the past couple of years,” Fallon said. “I hope this event raises awareness and maybe copycats quite frankly. We really hope other neighborhoods can look at Newman Village and try something similar because it brings a neighborhood together and it benefits a worthy cause.”