DALLAS (Sept. 8, 2017) – The community of Frisco, Texas, came together in a big way to support the fight against childhood cancer, as they held local events that raised over $40,000 to benefit the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015.
The seventh annual Newman Village Lemonade Stand attracted hundreds of people to Frisco’s Newman Village neighborhood. In addition to the Lemonade Stand, the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation hosted their first annual Gold Party on Sept. 2, the evening before the Lemonade Stand. The exclusive event hosted community leaders and residents of Newman Village and surrounding neighborhoods, who participated in a silent auction with items generously donated by sponsors Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani, Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati, and others. Several special guests attended the weekend events, including Texas State Representative Pat Fallon, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, the Wade family, the Frisco Police Department, and the Frisco Fire Department.
The Lemonade Stand was truly a homegrown, family event. The children of Newman Village set up brightly decorated lemonade stands where they sold ice-cold lemonade and homemade treats to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. More than 50 volunteers participated. The event more than doubled the $20,000 raised in 2016.
“I am overwhelmed by all the love and support from the people of Frisco,” said Kimberly Wade, Jonny’s mother and founder of the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation. “My family and I have devoted our lives to sharing Jonny’s courageous journey, and this community’s commitment to bringing awareness and funds to children’s cancer research is a true inspiration.”
The Lemonade Stand was created by brothers Morgan and Maddox Paterson, who wanted to help children in need of essential medical treatment. The event started with one simple lemonade stand and a couple of children and has grown over the past seven years to be a popular event in Frisco.
“It is important that we help teach other kids the importance of giving back to other kids,” said
In 2016, the Lemonade Stand began focusing its fundraising on the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation, after the Wade family was introduced to several neighborhood leaders by a family friend and Newman Village resident. Since Jonny’s passing, the neighborhood has bonded closely with the Wade’s, a friendship that spans several states and has a higher cause through the fight against pediatric cancer.
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation began in early 2016 because of Jonny Wade’s wish that no other child would have cancer. Jonny’s determination, faith and courage touched the lives of those around him, and inspired his mother to fight pediatric cancer beyond his hospital room. Now, more than a year later, the foundation has raised over $200,000 for pediatric cancer research and is committed to conquering pediatric cancer through research and political action.
About Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation was founded in memory of 8-year-old Jonny Wade shortly after his passing. Despite the circumstances, Jonny believed he could make a difference for other children affected by cancer and made a selfless wish to his parents: “I don’t want any other kid to have cancer.” Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death for children under the age of 15 in the United States. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit’s mission is to conquer pediatric cancer through research and political action, with an emphasis on responsible spending. Visit kidsshouldnthavecancer.org for more information about the foundation and for photos of the family and events.