Waresboro Elementary's 4th annual Mattie’s Lemonade 4 a Cure lemonade stand opened for business, bringing in over $1000 during just two hours. Kroger of Waycross donated lemonade pouches, Stewart Distribution donated Lemon Heads candy, and Vicky Thrift donated gold dusted cake and marshmallow pops, all sold at the Lemonade Stand. These generous donations allowed the entire proceeds from the sales to be donated to Mattie’s Mission, a 501-c3 non-profit organization, formed in memory of Mattie Goble. The goal of Mattie’s Mission is to financially, spiritually, and emotionally assist families affected by childhood cancer. The students' generosity warmed the hearts of the school's faculty and staff.
Although childhood cancer research only garners about 4% of federal funding out of all federal dollars designated for cancer research, statistics show that cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children. While Waresboro Elementary's lemonade stand profits are a mere "drop in the bucket" of what is needed to support families with children of childhood cancer, the awareness the event brings to the students, their families, and the community seems to be contagious. Through this event, not only are the students more aware of the need for support for this cause, but the empathy in their hearts and the generosity they show gives hope that those who have courageously fought the battle, some winning only by gaining their angel wings, did not fight the battle in vain.
Waresboro’s school principal, Dr. Jenny Barnes, stated, “Although the lemonade sold for $1.00 a pouch, many students gave above and beyond the cost, showing their love and support for this important cause.” Anyone wishing to donate to Mattie’s Mission may do so by visiting the website at www.mattiesmission.org.
Top picture: 1st grade students from Mrs. Breanna Dixon’s class gather with Dr. Barnes to show their support for a cure.
Bottom Left: Waresboro Counselor, Mrs. Misty Burchett, Grayson, Rasheem, Bradley, Hailey, Fredriana, Kamani, and principal, Dr. Jenny Barnes stand with Lemonade Stand customer, Superintendent Jim LeBrun (center).
Bottom Right: Kamani, Hailey, and Bradley are ready for business.