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Oak Lawn Girls Sell Lemonade to Help Friend With Cancer

Molly, Katie and Annie Sheahan's "Fight Like A Girl" lemonade stand raises $920 for classmate Abby Wujcik.

When first-grader was diagnosed at the end of the school year with a rare form of brain cancer, three Oak Lawn sisters wanted to do something to cheer up their friend.

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The Sheahan girls—Molly, 8, and kid twin sisters Katie and Annie, 6—held a lemonade stand on their driverway on Saturday. The girls were hoping to sell enough lemonade to raise $35 for a gift card to give to their friend Abby so she could buy herself a present at Target.

Word spread through social media about the lemonade stand on Saturday. An Oak Forest mom brought her two children to drop off a donation after reading about the girls’ lemonade stand on the Oak Lawn Patch Facebook page.

“We made $80 before we even opened,” the girls' mom, Carol Sheahan, told Patch. “People were saying they were going out of town but wanted to drop off donations.”

Abby was diagnosed in May with high-grade astrocytoma, a form of brain cancer. Treatment of the disease includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Last weekend, a carnival fundraiser was held for the first-grader at

Decked out in their camouflage “We R Abby’s Army” T-shirts, the Sheahan girls did a brisk business selling lemonade for 25-cents a glass. Classmates brought plastic bags full of change to lend to the cause.

“The mayor’s here,” Molly said, a little surprised by all the attention.

At the end of the day, the Sheahan sisters’ “Fight Like A Girl” lemonade stand raised over $920 for their friend.

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Editor's note: We're happy to announce that Molly, Katie and Annie raised $920 from their lemonade stand to buy a Target gift card so their friend Abby "can buy herself something to make her happy."

Don Pointer July 23, 2012 at 01:12 PM
This qualifies as the feel good story of the month! We can use it after the Colorado sad story of last week. These girls are solid proof that our young people can do some incredibly wonderful things for others in need. God bless them and also their parents for instilling such solid values in their children. A geat story! Best of wishes to their young friend and her fight too.
Glen Kato July 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This is such a great story. I'm also impressed with how nice the lemonade stand looks. Nice job. See there is good in this world.
David Watters July 23, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Great job girls! Most kids today only think about texting, Facebook and other distractions. I applaud you willingness to help you friend when she truly needs your help and laughter to make her feel as good as possible and to face each day without fear because she knows she has you to depend on as well. I applaud mom and dad for instilling the value of love and devotion to help people in need. As a former resident of Oak Lawn, a 20 year Navy veteran, I salute you and give you a "BRAVO ZULU". Carry on shipmates, set course and sails for a full life.
David Watters July 23, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Great job girls! Most kids today only think about texting, Facebook and other distractions. I applaud your willingness to help your friend when she truly needs your laughter to make her feel as good as possible and face each day without fear knowing she has you to depend on. I applaud mom and dad for instilling the value of love and devotion to help people in need . As a former resident of Oak Lawn, a 20 year Navy veteran, I salute you and give you a "BRAVO ZULU". Carry on shipmates, set course and sails for a full life.
Lorraine Swanson July 24, 2012 at 08:20 AM
My thoughts exactly, Don, especially after Colorado.

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