Making Life A Little Sweeter For Area Kids Fighting Cancer (7/19 - 7/21)

July 15, 2019

Every week, another child is diagnosed with cancer in Central Virginia. Last year, Madison Martin was one of them. In September, she began treatment for germinoma, a rare form of cancer most commonly found in the brain, at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR).

Since then Madison’s journey has included three spinal taps, a brain biopsy, 40 overnight hospital stays, four rounds of chemotherapy and 20 radiation treatments. Throughout it all, the smile of this spunky 9-year-old continued to light up a room. This Spring, Madison and her family received the long-awaited news from doctors that she is “cancer free.” Now she has her sights set on "having a big cancer-free party," returning to the soccer and softball fields and of course, setting up an Anthem LemonAid stand this summer.

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Anthem LemonAid is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ signature summer event and has been helping kids with cancer since 2001. Participants distribute cups of lemonade in exchange for donations and 100% of funds raised benefit the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at CHoR. It’s free to participate in the event and supplies are provided. Every registered participant receives lemonade mix, cups, a pitcher, a banner, stickers and sunglasses. Stands can be set up at an available retail site or at a place of participants’ choosing. 

Along with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, other event sponsors include The Goddard School, Virginia Credit Union, RVA Primrose Schools, Call Federal Credit Union, Express Employment Professionals, Walmart, Kroger, Sweet Frog and Chick Fil-A. Great gratitude goes out to these partners who contribute to the success of Anthem LemonAid year after year.

To register for Anthem LemonAid or to learn more about the event, please visit www.AnthemLemonAid.com or call 804-228-5934.

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