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St. Petersburg 5-year-old cancer survivor sells lemonade to raise money for childhood cancer

Caroline Gallagher will sell lemonade on Saturday
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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 00:12:57-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Two sisters plan to sell lemonade this weekend to help fight childhood cancer.

Five-year-old Caroline Gallagher and her little sister, Charlotte, will throw up a lemonade stand on Saturday in their neighborhood. The lemonade is free, but a donation is appreciated.

"Sugar, lemons and water, stir it up and put it into cups," said Caroline Gallagher.

Caroline was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 18 months old. She was treated at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

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Her cancer is in remission but she wants to help her friends who are still fighting.

"When people meet us for the first time, unless we say something, they would never guess she was so sick as a young toddler," said Danielle Gallagher, Caroline's mother.

Caroline's lemonade stand is part of thousands of lemonade stands across the country.

It is part of a national movement called "Lemonade Days" started by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alex, an 8-year-old from Connecticut, died in 2004 after raising $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life.

"We are doing this because we want to raise money to give better medicine for the kids to get better," said Caroline.

Two years ago, Caroline asked her mother if she could put up a lemonade stand.

"It was a fun morning and then we said, what do you want to do with the money? She said she wanted to buy some toys and she said lets give it to the hospital," said Gallagher.

Caroline started her lemonade stand three years ago.

Last year, Caroline raised more than $800 and this year she hopes to raise more than $2,000.

She will sell lemonade on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 am-2:00pm in her neighborhood.

Caroline's parents said all donations will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute at the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

For more information on donating to Caroline's lemonade stand visit: https://giveto.hopkinsallchildrens.org/lemonade

You may email or text Caroline's father to get the location for her lemonade stand.