THE SURVIVOR SQUAD
Known around Fort Mill, S.C., as the Lemonade Kids, neighbors (from left) Vincent DeNobile, 5, Louise Lower, 10, and Austin Lux, 3, are in remission from neuroblastoma and now run a stand together. Says Louise's mom, Lorie: "It's our way of celebrating that we still have them all."
A TEAM EFFORT
On June 14 Mason, Ohio, 9-year-olds (from left) Eli Woodard, Chris Allgor and Robbie Grischy helped their little league rake in $3,000. "This little girl wanted to fight for children with cancer; now we're doing it," Eli says. Adds Robbie: "It makes me feel I'm helping. And shows me that I'm pretty lucky."
While enduring grueling chemo to fight a recurrence of rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer, Ishani Sathianathan, 6 (right), has held three stands near her Georgetown, Texas, home this year, raising close to $5,000. "We put the money in a jar shaped like a teddy bear," says Ishani (with sister Monisha, 8, far left, and pal Nicole Taylor, 7, in June). Says Ishani's mom, Dash, of the need to fund research: "We can't wait for someone else to do this."
A GIRL'S BIG HEART
Suffering from neuroblastoma, 4-year-old Alex Scott (PEOPLE, Aug. 23, 2004) was recovering from a stem-cell transplant when she told her mom, Liz, she was going to raise money so "doctors could help other people." Setting up a lemonade stand in front of her Connecticut home, she brought in $2,000 that first summer and raised nearly $1 million before she died in 2004. Today, through her foundation (www.alexslemonade.org), lemonade-stand funds are backing research helping to unlock the causes of childhood cancers. "Alex," says Liz, 39, "would be so proud."
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