9-year-old's lemonade stand for charity inspires an outpouring of support

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9-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand for Charity Inspires an Outpouring of Support

RIVERSIDE -- Lemonade stands can teach a lot to a young kid still learning how the world works, but in suburban Riverside, 9-year-old Evan Axelson and his little brother Sam are raising cash to help find a cure for cancer.

Evan said he started raising money last year, eventually donating $11 he earned selling stuffed animals at a garage sale. This year, the original goal of the lemonade stand was $15. But they earned over $300 today alone, bringing the grand total to more than $1,500.

When word got out about these boys taking a stand against cancer it brought together many who found a common bond.

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"One person yesterday gave us $100, and she tied a gold ribbon around the tree because she has a 6- or 7-month-old son who has cancer," Evan said.

"My papa died from cancer and I want to help find a cure for people who do have cancer," Evan explained.

Evan was just one when his papa died, and eight years later his yaya is just amazed.

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"I could not believe the outpouring from the people that were coming by and just donating," she said.

All the money raised goes to the H Foundation, winding up at Lurie Cancer Center downtown.

"The foundation is really all about just average people coming together for a better cause," said The H Foundation's John Rot.

The boys will be out selling until the H Foundation's big Goombay Bash fundraiser next month.

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