10-year-old Olivia Ohlson is a fifth-grade rock star.
After receiving news about her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, the Evanston, Illinois resident organized a bake sale to be held outside her family home.
With help from her grandmother, Olivia sold homemade pink lemonade and shortbread cookies, in addition to treats created by neighborhood bakeries. At her request, the local businesses donated baked goods resembling pink breast cancer ribbons to promote cancer awareness.
“I always wanted to have a lemonade sale and when my mom got cancer, I wanted to raise funds for women like her,” Olivia said to ABC News. “I thought that since I wanted to raise money, I could have a lemonade stand.”
In just one weekend, Olivia raised $4,500 that will be donated to the NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center. Her mom, Gini, is currently undergoing treatment there for early stage breast cancer.
Fortunately, Olivia’s mother can afford treatment to fight the disease. But for the wise 10-year-old, it’s important to acknowledge that this doesn’t apply to everyone battling cancer. In the coming weeks, Olivia plans to organize additional bake sales that will raise proceeds to benefit cancer patients.
“I know my mom has lots of family and friends who take care of her, but other people don’t so they need more support,” she said. “By giving Kellogg money they can use it … for patients.”
Thank you for being such a shining example Olivia! We wish your mom, Gini, a speedy recovery.