Drink lemonade and eat pizza for childhood cancer awareness!

LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) – Want to help raise awareness of childhood cancer? Well, you have a chance to do this by drinking lemonade!

The Golden Heart Project and 550 Pizzeria are joining forces to hold a lemonade stand on Saturdays.

“We want to show their family that they are not alone.”

“You are not alone. Your family is there for you.”

“It tells us we’re not the only ones fighting this.”

That is the message of three young girls who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer.

Saturday they serve lemonade. While it’s free, the Golden Heart Project asks for donations.

“Our mission is to create special memories in children battling cancer to create awareness in our community and to create friendships among children battling this disease,” said Janee Nunez-Villarreal. “A simple act like coming and getting a lemonade will go a long way.”

One of the children who is part of GHP, 10-year-old Desiree Muniz, was diagnosed last March during the pandemic.

“That really shocked me because I never thought I’d get it. They told me it was terrible to hear that because I’m a very active kid.”

And 14-year-old Yaneli Ortiz was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2019.

“It was really surprising to me and my family because we never knew this would ever happen to us.”

When life gives you lemons, you drink lemonade, and cancer survivor Ithzbel Huerta wants others to know:

“Whoever has cancer there, remember that you are not alone. There are other people who have battled cancer. Just don’t give up.”

The event will take place on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Pizzeria 550 at 2101 Shiloh Drive.

Following the event, the Golden Heart Project will run its balloon flight, golf tournament, and jeep in September.

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