8 Year-Old Girl Who Raised $20K For St. Jude Through Her Lemonade Stand Is Finally Declared Cancer-Free
An 8 year-old girl from Virginia who raised over $20,000 for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital was finally declared to be cancer-free last week.
Back in 2017, Ellee Large was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which is the most common form of childhood cancer. After being treated at St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee, Ellee decided to give back to the facility that saved her life by raising money for them by opening a lemonade stand.
As word of Ellee’s lemonade stand spread, she ended up raising tens of thousands of dollars through donations from all over the country.
Ellee Large didn’t fundraise $7,400 alone; she had help from an army of friends and family. @angelique_wcyb found out how this is an effort to pay it forward. https://t.co/IiRbX0KKNN pic.twitter.com/YRFtkdcjnh
— News 5 WCYB (@news5wcyb) August 29, 2019
The donors were even dubbed “Ellee’s Army,” and the girl’s mother Shauna Hurley Large said they have raised more than $20,000 for the hospital.
“Last year, through the giant faith of a special little girl and the very generous donations of so many of you, Ellee’s Army was able to raise over $20,000 for St Jude!!” Shauna wrote on Facebook, adding that Ellee wanted to help the other children she met during her time at the hospital.
“One of the ways she dealt with her own battle is trying to help … other kids that she’s met because those are her friends and those are our families,” she continued.
After Ellee was declared cancer-free, Shauna took to Facebook once again to express her gratitude.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Thankful and blessed……but really too many emotions to put into words right now. We got the call earlier today, but waited to share the news with everyone until Ellee could call and tell Hudson first. The sweetest words my ears have heard!! MRD negative!! (no cancer) God is so good and to Him we give all glory and praise for Ellee’s health!! God has blessed us with supportive family and friends and access to the best hospital in the world for our Ellee bean. We are so grateful for St. Jude and the care she has received both here in Memphis and at our home affiliate in Johnson City. We are beyond thankful and my heart is so full.
At the end of last month, Ellee held her third lemonade stand, raising even more money for the hospital.
“Thank you so much. We are really proud of your donations and it’s because every child matters to us,” she said.
Find out more about Ellee’s journey in the video below.