Lemonade sales raise $12,000 for cancer research

Children set up about 75 lemonade stands around Huntington Beach last weekend to help raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.

The nonprofit McKenna Claire Foundation held its fourth annual Stand Up and Shine campaign Saturday and Sunday, collecting about $12,000 from lemonade sales, said David Wetzel, the organization's founder.

The Huntington Beach-based group was created in honor of Wetzel's daughter, McKenna, who died in 2011 at age 7 from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an aggressive brain tumor, Wetzel said.

The money will go toward pediatric brain cancer research at the Monje Lab at Stanford University, where McKenna's tumor is being studied, Wetzel said. It also is being studied at other medical facilities.

"We're honored by the fact that the community has continued to help us tell McKenna's story," Wetzel said. "It would be twice as painful if she just simply faded away."

— Anthony Clark Carpio

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