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Rockford Girl Sells Lemonade to Help Fund Dad’s Cancer Treatment

Having a lemonade stand is something a lot of children love to do on a hot summer day, but how many of these children would actually use their profits to do an amazing thing for someone else?

Slim to none I’m guessing.

Thank God there are awesome kids like 7-year-old Charleigh Southerland of Rockford who will.

Charleigh’s Hope Lemonade Stand

Just this afternoon I was checking my email when I came across a Nextdoor notification that really made me smile. The post simply said “She is doing it again”, and I HAD to know more. Here’s what I found…

The Story Behind Charleigh’s Hope

At the beginning of July, Charleigh’s dad, 47-year-old Joey Southerland of Rockford, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer that will require extensive medical treatment to try and save his life. Joey Southerland is self-employed and now can’t work, his wife is in between jobs, and they have no medical insurance.

Instead of crying into her teddy bear about her Dad’s terrifying medical diagnosis, (like most 7-year-old children would do), Charleigh was inspired to host a lemonade stand to help raise money for his chemo treatments. Isn’t that the sweetest thing ever?

On July 23, 2022 Charleigh hosted her first lemonade stand at her home on Mayfair Place in Rockford, and WIFR was there to capture the moment she gave her profits to OSF Center for Cancer Care…

Inspired by the generosity of the Rockford community, Charleigh is determined to raise even more money and will once again be hosting a lemonade stand on Saturday, (July 30), from 1 to 6 pm at her home on Mayfair Place.

If you are unable to swing by with a monetary donation on Saturday, a GoFundMe Has been set up for Joey Southerland as well. Please do what you can for this Rockford family in need, and the sweet young girl who is on a mission to help her Dad.

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