Family and friends spent the day in Orangeburg, South Carolina, honoring our special hero - Katelyn. Katelyn is a typical ten-year-old young lady going into middle school next year - running, riding bikes, and telling secrets with friends.
You would never know from just looking at that beautiful face that she is five years in remission from not one, but two bouts with cancer.
Katelyn decided to celebrate her anniversary with an event named after Alexandra "Alex" Scott who fought childhood cancer until she passed away in 2004. Alex had a lemonade stand to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancers. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation grew from that small venture. You can read more at www.AlexsLemonade.org. Meet A Survivor - Katelyn Hoffman here.
Now in typical Southern family fashion, let's figure out who these people are and how they relate to me!
Four generations pictured here: Amanda (mom of Katie), Norma (Mimi - great grandmother), Debbie (Gah-gah - grandmother), and then the star herself, Katelyn.
Norma is my aunt on my father's side. Debbie is her daughter and my first cousin, but more like a sister growing up. Amanda is her daughter and my Godchild. Katie is her daughter.
You following this? There is more.
And there will be a test later!
Amanda (Mandy to family) did an excellent job in setting up the event and getting it publicized. The appropriate tees were handed out to volunteers and other tees were sold.
There were games for the little kids, raffles for a bear made by Katie and a Coke clock, and, of course, lemonade.
There were baked goods to sell and donation boxes set up around the stand.
Here is Dolly getting a pet from Aunt Norma. I am sure she thought the event was just for her to get multiple hugs!
Dolly, not Aunt Norma, though Aunt Norma does enjoy hugging and is a champion hugger.
The menfolk set up the ring toss game and spent time checking it out.
The little kids loved to try for a prize.
The menfolk were avoiding running the lemonade stand.
The menfolk included Uncle Allen and Grandfather Dexter (Papa).
It was a great day and Katie raised a bunch for the charity. We don't have the final total yet.
I would urge you if you are out and about treasure hunting one weekend and happen upon a bright yellow banner proclaiming Alex's Lemonade Stand, please stop and donate a little or a lot.
We have our Katie because research funds made it possible for her to survive. She fought hard through months of chemotherapy in 2005 and then again in 2007.
She is a true miracle from God.
In typical fashion my photos of the event were terrible so many people are left out, but I hope they are not offended.
Here is the test: How is Allen related to me?
Answer: Allen is my first cousin Debbie's second child so he would be my first cousin once removed!