Cranberry Township Mom brings hope to kids with cancer

June 15, 2012 by  

Each year, lemonade stands across the country raise money to support pediatric cancer research. In 2012, Lori Silvester, a mom in Cranberry Township will take the lemonade stand concept a step further.

In addition to running the largest lemonade stand fundraiser in the region, Silvester will organize “HELP ’12.” HELP stands for Hope, Enjoy, Laugh, Pray. It will be day full of games, food, and rides for children undergoing treatment for cancer and for juvenile survivors of cancer. The event will take place on June 23 from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm at the Fun Fore All Family Entertainment Center in Cranberry Township. Poster and flyer printing will help get the word out about the event.

According to Silvester, HELP ’12 will have an immediate impact on children currently battling cancer or children who have already undergone treatment. Coupled with the lemonade stand, which is part of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the event should be a day of hope.

The Silvester family has a personal investment in pediatric cancer research. Kate Silvester, Lori’s 12-year-old daughter, lost her friend, Rehanna, to cancer last year. Kate says that she does not want another child to go through what her friend went through.

The Cranberry Township lemonade stand began three years ago. It is one of only 18 stands in the country to have earned the designation of “grand stand” from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Over the past three years, the stand has raised over $20,000 for cancer research. The goal for 2012 is to raise another $20,000.