Friday, June 2, 2017

Lemonade Stand to benefit the Jimmy Fund/ Dana Farber - June 4

This Sunday on June 4, from 1-3 pm, please stop on over to 72 Stewart Street in Franklin for a Lemonade Stand! 

This lemonade stand is being held to benefit two teams riding in the Kids Pan Mass Challenge Ride in Franklin on June 11: the Neuroblastoma Ninjas and the Pedal Pushers! 100% of proceeds from this ride will directly benefit the Jimmy Fund/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute! 

Here is a little background on the motivation behind these teams!

  • The Neuroblastoma Ninjas was inspired by our friend Noah Smith of Franklin 3 years ago. When Noah was 10, he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and was treated at the Jimmy Fund/Children's hospital. His team has since raised over $35,000 for the PMC kids ride! 
  • The Pedal Pushers- Cruising for the Cleary's, was formed by our wonderful friends at Davis Thayer Elementary School in Franklin, as a way to honor our 6-year-old son Jack, their classmate. Jack has been an amazing rock and brother to his 4-year-old brother Nicholas, who was diagnosed with the same type of cancer as Noah at 22 months old. 

Both of these boys went through a similar treatment and were able to beat this relentless disease, but their battles will always continue. These treatments are painful, and leave 95% of survivors with long-lasting or future side effects, including being at risk of relapse and secondary cancers. Despite these treatments and advances, there are still many who succumb to this disease. These kids will also ride for 9 year old Max Derba, and 35 year old Peter Daley, who both passed away from neuroblastoma. We need a better way for these children and adults!

Franklin is a wonderful community, and almost all of us can probably say we have been affected by cancer, whether a parent, child, sibling, friend, etc. While we continue to make strides in the search for a cure, there is an endless amount of room for improvement. Supporting Dana-Farber will help raise survival rates and improve the quality of life for survivors. We hope you will stop by, grab a glass and maybe a snack, and support these amazing kids doing their part in changing the future for others!

If you are unable to visit the lemonade stand but would still like to purchase a "virtual lemonade" please feel free to sponsor Jack or Noah's PMC Ride (no donation is too small!).

Pedal Pushers- Cruising for the Cleary's

Neuroblastoma Ninjas

Thank you all for taking a moment to hear about our cause!

Side note: there is the potential for rain Sunday afternoon, but we will still be there (under a tent) as long as its not crazy raining!

PMC Franklin Kids Ride - Sunday, June 11

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