Lo­cal girl raises money for Alex’s Lemon­ade Stand

The Globe - - COMMUNITYCALENDAR - By Caitlin Burns

For a sec­ond year the Lower More­land com­mu­nity has em­braced 11-year-old Is­abella Duarte’s dream of cur­ing can­cer. Is­abella, along with sev­eral of her friends, hosted a lemon­ade stand at the Jenk­in­town Acme as part of Alex’s Lemon­ade Stand’s National Lemon­ade Days June V.

In just three hours, Is­abella and her friends raised A806 in cash and an ad­di­tional A300 in on­line do­na­tions, to­talling more than A1,100 in do­na­tions. All the money will go to Alex’s Lemon­ade Stand, which is work­ing to find a cure for child­hood can­cers.

Is­abella said she was ex­cited to raise so much money for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and hopes that some­day it will find a cure. She said the stand was done in mem­ory of two lo­cal chil­dren, Sarah Burke and Kyle Sny­der, who lost their lives to can­cer.

For ev­ery dol­lar peo­ple do­nated to Is­abella’s stand they re­ceived a raf­fle ticket for items that were do­nated by sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses. Ad­di­tion­ally, there were bak­ery items do­nated by Acme and the Philly Soft Pret­zel Fac­tory that could be pur­chased by do­na­tion.

“I re­ally think the stuff that she’s do­ing is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity,” Is­abella’s mother, Stephanie Duarte, said. She said be­cause of Is­abella’s vol­un­teer­ing, her friends have been in­spired to give back to the com­mu­nity, as well. “That’s the point — to get other peo­ple in­volved.”

Is­abella, who avidly vol­un­teers, will be host­ing her next fundraiser called the Giv­ing Grill at Whole Foods Mar­kets in Jenk­in­town Sept. 8. All the money col­lected will be do­nated to Share Our Strength, which pro­vides meals to chil­dren in schools and food banks.

For her vol­un­teer work, Is­abella was rec­og­nized with a Pres­i­den­tial Vol­un­teer Ser­vice Award in the spring.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Event or­ga­nizer Is­abella Duarte, 11, sec­ond from left, and sev­eral of her friends cel­e­brate Alex’s Lemon­ade Stand’s National Lemon­ade Days by sell­ing lemon­ade and treats June 9.

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