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Girl, 6, gets cancer charity donation from Bob Hope Airport workers

Police officials and other employees at Bob Hope Airport on Tuesday donated a combined $2,125 to a 6-year-old girl who -- having been diagnosed with a form of pediatric kidney cancer -- has been raising funds for cancer research.

It all started with a goal to raise $300 at her lemonade stand. But as word of Aleyna Doche’s campaign spread, the money poured in.

On the first day, she raised more than $1,500 alone. Since then, Aleyna’s little lemonade stand has grown into quite the fundraising operation.

On Tuesday, the Bubrank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Police Officer Assn. handed her an oversized check for $1,500 -- or as Aleyna put it in her blog, the “biggest check that I have ever seen.”

“It’s really not the check that goes to the bank though – in case you were wondering. I know that I was wondering,” she added.

The airport’s employee union donated another $625, bringing Aleyna’s fundraising total to nearly $4,000, according to her blog.

Aleyna is donating the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a pediatric cancer research charity.

--Jason Wells, Times Community News

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    In June, 6-year-old Aleyna Doche was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a form of pediatric kidney cancer. Her goal was to raise $300 in lemonade sales to donate to pediatric cancer research. By the end of the day, Aleyna had collected more than $1,500. And checks are still coming in.

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