BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Every three minutes across the world a child is diagnosed with cancer. Yet the amount of money given to childhood cancer research is limited.
Saturday, one very energetic group in the Broomfield was doing their part to help bridge that funding gap.
A wish to give is rare. A wish of helping others, when you yourself are going through so much.
In Broomfield, nine-year old Marlee Pack and her large group of friends hosted their third lemonade stand Saturday, a fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
It’s a topic that hits close to home for these kids, and one they are tackling with a lot of energy, cups of lemonade and dozens of bows.
“Because she fought through chemo, 40 weeks of chemo, that inspired me,” said Marlee’s best friend, 9-year old Cameron McLaughlin.
They’ve been inspired by Marlee’s year long battle with Alvelar Rhabdomyo Sarcoma, a rare soft tissue cancer.
“I feel really excited about this because they’ve raised so much money already,” said Marlee.
So far they’ve raised more than $1,000.
Their goal: “To find a cure for kids who have cancer,” said Cameron.
So that someday, kids like Marlee don’t have to make a wish at all.
“I hope that one day they will have a lot of money so they can research a lot on childhood cancer,” said Marlee.
Just this past Thursday, Marlee got the news she’s officially in remission.
All of the money being raised for team Marlee will go to the St. Baldrick’s foundation to support childhood cancer research.
And the fundraising isn’t over — on March 16, many of Marlee’s friends and teachers will be shaving their heads to welcome her back to school and to raise money for her cause.