Lemonade for Ava

I am just so blown away by the humanity of friends and strangers alike that I felt compelled to write about it on the blog.

Recently, our dear friends' 3-1/2 year old daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia (you can read about her story here). We lived with Ava and her family, sharing a house since she was 6 months old. They moved out of the city in June and was almost immediately diagnosed. My 5-1/2 year old daughter, Louella, misses having her friend around, but it's unclear how much she understands about her being sick. I've tried to speak with her openly about it, and I know that she talks with her teacher about it.

Louella and her friend Sadie, my dear friends' Erin & Pat's daughter, wanted to do something to help Ava & her family, so they organized a lemonade stand this past weekend. And you guys, it was amazing. Old friends, new friends, folks who live all the way across Brooklyn—they all came out. The girls were charging $1 a cup, but folks were giving them extra, and in the end they had a total haul of $438!!! Those were some expensive cups of lemonade. Check out Louella & Sadie's faces when they realized they'd earned their first $100!

Last week I had asked friends about matching their earnings, figuring that they'd make $20 or so. Many friends and family members—probably 40 people—were kind enough to agree to match them. Of course, that just became a silly number when we realized what they made. They have, though, had a few matches and many incredibly generous donations from folks who know Ava well and others who are touched by her story. 

If you want to donate, you can do so here, but I truly just wanted to share the story with you. I am so proud of those girls showing such love for their friend. They were beaming with pride as were their parents. The amazing turnout of support—both by coming to the sale and in financial support spoke volumes about people. Even strangers would throw in a few extra bucks when they realized that the girls were raising money. 

Brooklyn is full of good friends. We love you, Ava.