How to Raise Money to Fight Leukemia {Cupcake/OJ/Lemon Stand}

by This is Carrie on February 14, 2012

I knew the Leukemia 5K walk for their cousin, Brayden, would be far more memorable and meaningful to the kids if they figured out how to raise their $20 entrance fee/donation on their own.  After much brainstorming (and a little steering from mom), they settled on selling cupcakes (made from cake mix and frosting Princess got for Christmas in her “cake pop” kit) , fresh squeezed orange juice (using oranges from our tree), and lemons (picked from our lemon bush).

I was in charge of getting the word out about the sale (via text & facebook) and the kids were in charge of everything else.

Thanks to the generosity of friends, neighbors and strangers, their little cupcake/fresh squeezed OJ/lemon stand raised $95.21. When Pumpkin saw how close they were to $100, she exclaimed “Mom! I have $5! Can I donate it?”  Not to be outdone, Princess donated $8 she had been saving too, taking their grand total to $108.21.  By the time we go to the race, a few more friends and family had donated to the cause (even though the cupcakes sold out) and they were able to register with a ziploc bag full of dollars and change that added up to $148.21 (the event director took their word for it).

It’s been 13 days, since the 5K Leukemia Walk for Brayden but you can still make a donation! Visit Simply enter Brayden in the comment section where it says Event Title. A portion of the donation also goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To read more of Brayden’s Story, visit


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Lisa August 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ways to serve and help others. I happened upon your website after searching for a t-shirt dress tutorial. I was happy to find the tutorial, but more inspired by the story about making them for the Mother’s Without Borders organization. I am new to sewing and my first project was to make a pillowcase dress for the Little Dresses for Africa organization. It felt good to learn a new skill and help someone at the same time. Thanks again for sharing all your stories and inspiring me to find ways to help others.


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