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Girls end summer raising breast cancer awareness

By Robin Y. Richardson
Aug. 18, 2014 at 10 p.m.

<p>Ava Burke and Carly Stewart man a lemonade stand outside of Deborah's Boutique Monday to raise money for Touch of Pink, a local organization.</p>

Ava Burke and her friend Carly Stewart spent their last moments of summer break Monday, manning a lemon stand outside of Deborah's Boutique, raising money for something near and dear to their hearts - breast cancer patients.

"We're raising money for women with breast cancer," said 8-year-old Ava, the brainchild of the fundraiser.

She said her father built her a lemonade stand, something she's wanted for a couple of years now. She decided to put it to good use after learning that her babysitter Chelsea Parker's mother, Deborah Parker, owner of Deborah's Boutique, spearheaded a local organization, Touch of Pink, that's dedicated to aiding women with breast cancer.

"Chelsea said her mom had a breast cancer foundation," said Ava.

Thus, they started planning a fundraiser and solicited Ava's friend, 10-year-old Carly, for assistance.

"Carly donated cupcakes for us to sell," said Parker.

In addition to cupcakes, Ava and Carly offered a choice of pink or regular lemonade to the patrons.

Deborah's Boutique owner also offered raffle tickets for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate.

"Anytime someone gave $5, they got a raffle ticket," Chelsea Parker explained.

She said they will probably do another fundraiser sometime in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

For now, the girls said they had a great time Monday, drawing many customers who came to support their cause.

"We will give the extras to either the Pet Place or for children with cancer," Ava said of the funds they raised.

Deborah Parker said she appreciates Ava for thinking about her charity. Chelsea Parker was proud of the girls and their willingness to help others.

"There's so many people we've known affected by breast cancer," said Chelsea Parker. "It's good to know you're helping people affected by it that are so close to home."

"All of the money stay's locally," she said.

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