Lemonade for Life: Fighting Childhood Cancer
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- A Chickamauga girl who survived cancer is helping other kids beat the disease.
Seven-year-old Rachel Phillips is a Leukemia survivor.
Now she's raising money for National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and she's doing it from her own front yard.
This little girl's goal is to make the gold cancer ribbon just as recognizable as the pink one.
With each cup of lemonade, she gets closer to that goal.
"I was a leukemia survivor and I wanted to help raise money," says Rachel.
For Rachel, it is about lemonade and filling a pitcher with two hundred dollars.
"I really want to reach my goal," says Rachel.
Rachel doesn't really remember the time of her life when she was sick with acute lymphocytic Leukemia.
"Rachel actually woke up on her third birthday with a very high fever," says Monica Phillips, Rachel's mom.
After going off treatment and into remission in 2008, she's a happy, normal girl whose knows a little too much about loss at age seven.
"Rachel's actually got a couple of friends here at the pediatric clinic that have passed away over the years," says Phillips.
So that brings us to Saturday.
Through the help of a childhood cancer research fundraising group called "Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation," Rachel is building a pile of money to go towards cancer research.
This little girl also has a pressing question she can't seem to understand.
"Why do they think the pink ribbon is more important than the gold ribbon," asks Rachel.
The gold ribbon represents childhood cancer.
"She's willing to speak out for just about any cause that she believes in and the gold awareness ribbon is one that she's very, very wholeheartedly behind," says Phillips.
So, one cup of lemonade at a time, she's adding change and touching hearts.
"It's important because it's what represents child cancer and were trying to get rid of children's cancer," says Rachel.
"Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation" was starting 10 years ago by a young girl who died from cancer in 2004.
The foundation has raised 35 million dollars to date towards finding a cure, funding 150 research projects nationwide.