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'Spur of the moment' idea helps raise money for Relay for Life

Friday, June 16, 2006

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Christian Anglemeyer sells a cup of lemonade Thursday afternoon, raising money for Relay for Life
(Photo by Michelle Felter, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Temperatures were sweltering Thursday afternoon, hovering in the upper 80s and lower 90s. But that didn't stop a Relay for Life team from raising money and awareness for the cause.

The lemonade stand on Kingshighway was a "spur of the moment" idea, said Julie Heppe, chairwoman of the Sikeston Relay for Life. The fundraiser was part of her 6-year-old daughter Rebecca's goal of earning $100,000 for the American Cancer Society in this year's Relay for Life, scheduled for July 14 at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

Money wasn't all the workers hoped to raise. "It's more of an awareness for the event," Heppe said.

Still yet, many people stopped by to enjoy the sweet, cold drinks. They also helped Rebecca's cause, paying as much as $20 for a cup of lemonade, priced at $1.

The group is involved in Relay for Life for several people and reasons.

Heppe has stage four breast cancer. "I'm doing well, but it's getting to where there's fewer treatments available," Heppe said. "If the treatment options run out, that's when the cancer wins."

Rebecca's goal is to help everyone with cancer. Plus, she said she "hates going to Houston," where her mom gets treatments.

Rebecca's cousin, Christian Anglemeyer was visiting from Dallas, but quickly got into the spirit of the fundraiser. "What if it was you?" he asked. "You'd like some people to do it for you," he said.

And Anna Catherine DeHart, 12, was helping raise money with not only Heppe, but also a friend who is in remission in mind. "It makes them (people with cancer) feel like other people care," she said.

Last year, Rebecca reached her goal of $5,000. She has multiplied her goal by 20, but the group has high hopes of meeting it again. They have only been scouting donations for one week and sent out a mass e-mail, which has raised over $1,000.

Anyone interested in helping Rebecca reach her goal can send checks written to the American Cancer Society to: Julie Heppe, 20 Woodhaven, Sikeston, MO 63801.