Anna Kramer wasn’t even old enough to walk by the time she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma.
Now, after eight years in remission, the 10-year-old attributes her survival to the clinical trials she received at Seattle Children’s Hospital. To honor the hospital and future research, Anna hosts lemonade stands every summer and personally donates all funds directly to her oncologist.
“I like to be out here knowing it goes to a good cause,” said Anna, who is heading into fifth grade at Woodin Elementary in Bothell.
Neuroblastoma is typically a solid cancerous tumor that begins in the nerve cells outside the brain of infants and young children. According to the Seattle Children's Hosptial, investing in all types of clinical trials enables the hospital to continue advancing cancer treatments.
Her mother Victoria Kramer said Anna raised $685 over a four-hour period on Tuesday, July 27. After surpassing her original goal of $500, she plans to set up the stand again this week to reach a new target of $1,000.
This is the third year Anna has held the lemonade stand fundraiser, Victoria said. Over the years, the business venture has expanded to include cookies and candy as well as treats for dogs. She likes to set up shop on the corner of 240th Street Southeast and 45th Avenue Southeast, which is a busy four-way intersection near their house.
Ever since Anna’s diagnosis at 8 months old, Victoria said, the fight to improve funding for pediatric cancer research has become a passion project for the entire family. She said Anna tries to host this fundraiser once or twice each summer depending on weather and wildfire smoke.
According to Anna, the government donates only a small portion of funds to pediatric cancer research. She plans to continue organizing these lemonade stands for many years.