Brynne Rhodes brings larger meaning to the traditional summer lemonade stand.
In February 2015, Kim Rhodes received devastating news: she had stage II breast cancer. A mother to four young children, she was terrified. The disease had already struck her mother, sister and grandmother. She soon underwent a double mastectomy followed by several reconstructive surgeries.
Today, Kim is in remission and grateful for the research that saved her life. So is her 8-year-old daughter, Brynne. Last summer, the 2nd grader asked her mom if she could run a pink lemonade stand on July 4 to support breast cancer research. Kim jumped at the opportunity to give back.
“I am determined to stop it before my daughter faces this diagnosis,” says Kim. She pledged to double Brynne’s impact by matching every dollar she raised through selling the lemonade.
Brynne and Kim were amazed by the generosity of their community. With Brynne manning the table, both Kim and her husband made new pitchers of lemonade to keep up with the demand.
Not only were people purchasing the cups of lemonade, but they were also making additional donations. For her first go, Brynne was able to donate a total of $100 to BCRF.
One year later, Brynne is even more determined to make a difference – and wants others to do the same. With July 4 approaching, she has been challenging others to create a pink lemonade stand on the holiday weekend to support BCRF.
“It can help people like my mom and other breast cancer patients,” she says.
To support Brynne’s second annual “Fight on the Fourth” pink lemonade stand, donate to her efforts here: https://give.bcrf.org/pinklemonadefightonthefourth
Want take on Brynne’s challenge? Here’s how:
- Regardless of where you live, start your own stand on July 4th weekend and pledge to donate the money you raise to BCRF. With the collective efforts, we can work together to be the end of breast cancer.
- To create your own fundraising page for your lemonade stand, visit: https://give.bcrf.org/pinklemonadestand and click the orange “Join Team” button on the left hand side.