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Make a Stand Campaign
Hope for Autumn Foundation Executive Director Amanda Knerr is pictured with her daughter, Emily, who was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer at age 6.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and local organization Hope for Autumn Foundation is teaming up with the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation for the “Make a Stand” campaign to creatively support the cause.
During July and August, individuals and groups signed up to receive a kit to host lemonade stand to raise money for the campaign. Each kit contained two gallons of Milo’s Lemonade, cups and a paper banner. Prizes will be given to the three stands with the highest fundraising totals, as well as the stand with the best banner design. Milo’s Tea, The Whole Scoop and Red Mountain Park have supported the project.
“This idea came from a young girl in Vestavia who hosts an annual lemonade stand in her neighborhood to raise money for our organization,” said Mary Anne King, Laura Crandall Brown Foundation executive director. “We thought it was a wonderful idea, a fun activity for the whole family and something that enables children to make a difference in a tangible way.”
Family and friends of Laura Crandall Brown, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 25, established the Laura Crandall Brown Foundation in 2010. The foundation’s mission is offering hope through research for early detection of ovarian cancer and enriching lives through support. Each year, the foundation hosts the Head Over Teal 5K at the Hoover Preserve.
“We are thrilled about this partnership,” said Amanda Knerr, Executive Director for the Hope for Autumn Foundation. “Both causes are close to our hearts, especially because my own daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 6 and research for her type of cancer was so limited.”
The Hope for Autumn Foundation was organized to provide assistance for families battling childhood cancer and to support innovative research in childhood cancer therapies.