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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Race with Grace Snow Cone Lemonade Stand supports childhood cancer research

Grace and Tucker
The Annandale community is invited to the Race with Grace Snow Cone Lemonade Stand Saturday, June 23, at the Broyhill Crest pool. The stand will be at 7212 Early St., Annandale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., during the season’s first swim meet.

The event is hosted by Grace Sprano, a 4-year-old miracle child who beat cancer, and her sister Emily and brother Tucker.

They are hoping to spread awareness to the local community about childhood cancer and sell snow cones to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization that supports pediatric cancer research. The Sprano kids have raised $2,750 so far; their goal is $5,000. Contributions can be made online on the Race with Grace page, as well as at the pool.

Grace during treatment
Grace was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma when she was just 5 weeks old. She underwent four cycles of chemotherapy, two major surgeries, and many painful injections and transfusions. It was all an extremely difficult ordeal for Grace and her family, but against all odds, Grace was declared free of cancer a year later. She is the only baby known to have survived with that diagnosis.

She subsequently survived four bouts of pneumonia and today is a healthy, lively, and adorable child. There is a video about Grace’s story on You Tube produced by her mother, Alene Sprano, and you can learn more on her Childhood Cancer Heroes page. 

1 comment:

  1. Come donate and get a snow cone. Race With Grace-Annandale can help spread the word and raise awareness about childhood cancer!!

    If you come watch the swim meet and cheer on the Barracudas, you will get to see Emily, Tucker and GRACE SWIM!!

    Thank you,
    Alene Sprano
    Mother to Emily, Tucker and Grace