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5-year-old cancer survivor donates over $11,000 lemonade earnings to children’s hospital

/ 05:44 PM June 13, 2019

A 5-year-old cancer survivor paid it forward by donating over $11,000 (about P570,000) to a hospital that treated her when she was diagnosed with the disease.

Caroline Gallagher spent her time selling lemonade last weekend, June 8 and 9, hoping to raise money for the children who need treatment at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida, United States.

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Caroline and her parents were compelled to donate the earnings from the lemonade stand to the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at the children’s hospital in hopes of paying it forward. It was in the same hospital that Caroline was born and later on diagnosed with cancer at only 18 months old, as per an exclusive interview with CBS-affiliate 10News WTSP yesterday, June 12.

“Anytime we drive this way towards this hospital, it brings back memories of when she was born, her stay in the NICU and the 2.5 years of treatment,” her mother Danielle was quoted as saying.

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Only six months after Caroline’s diagnosis, her 2-year-old cousin, Julia, was also diagnosed with cancer. Both were treated at the children’s hospital but only Caroline was able to overcome the disease.

Caroline’s lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer was part of a larger movement called Lemonade Days, an initiative hosted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the report said. Over 10,000 volunteers held over 2,000 lemonade stands across the U.S. from June 1 to 9 for the third consecutive year this 2019. Ryan Arcadio/JB

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