For weeks, four local families have been working together to create a lemonade stand that would benefit , 5, of Attleboro, who was battling Medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
Fernandes lost her battle with the deadly disease Tuesday, July 26 and now the families are even more determined to sell as much lemonade as possible to donate to Children's Hospital Boston and the Fernandes family in their daughter's memory.
The stand, which will be open Saturday, Aug. 6 and Sunday, Aug. 7, from noon to 3 p.m. will be located at 67 Thirteenth St., which is the street directly across from
"I work with some friends who were really close to the family," Cathleen Didick said. "Having a 5-year-old myself it killed me to hear about her–it hurt my heart. I followed her story and felt there was something I needed to do."
"My son JJ wanted to do a lemonade stand so bad and what better way to do it than by teaching him that it is good to receive, but even better to give," she said.
With permission from a relative of the Fernandes family, Didick applied for donation kit from Children's Hospital.
"They sent me aprons, a banner and balloons and an endorsement letter to show we were legitimate" she said.
Didick then tapped JJ's friends Aaron Coddaire, Malakai Rosatti and Layla Peters, to help.
After Leah's passing Didick reached out to the Fernandes family to ask if she could still host the stand. The family said it was okay.
"It's hard to explain to a 5-year-old that she's passed away, but he tells everyone that he's giving the money to Leah."
The lemonade stand was made by Didick's step-dad and will be delivered to her home today. The families have 15 gallons of lemonade ready, 500 cups and signs, donated by Signs by Tomorrow. Now, all they need are patrons.
A total of 67 people have already committed to stopping by the stand, according to the event invite on Facebook.
Didick said she and the kids are ready and hope to run out of lemonade.