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Cicero families raise money for The Molly Project with lemonade stand

— Sometimes, a glass of lemonade is more than just a glass of lemonade.

In the case of Madison King and Nadia Greco, it’s a chance to raise money for an important cause and help people suffering through an illness.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the Cicero neighbors will host a lemonade stand where they will sell lemonade, water, cookies and other treats to raise money for The Molly Project, a Cicero-based nonprofit that recruits professional photographers to take on-location portraits of women with cancer and their families. The charity was founded by Kristin Atkinson, after whose mother Molly the charity is named, as well as Kristin Johnston and Tara Polcaro.

“Women facing or taking care of someone with cancer or terminal illness seldom think about preserving the memories when appointments, treatments and surgeries are so critical,” said the organization’s Facebook page. “The Molly Project was started to make it easier for these women to step in front of the camera so that they and their families will have photographs that capture the beauty of their bond for generations to come.”

The young neighbors on Rollercoaster Drive will help them to carry out that mission through their stand this weekend. King, 10, and Greco, 9, have held a similar fundraiser for the last several years, donating the proceeds to pediatric cancer charity Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Past efforts have raised more than $1,000.

According to Madison’s mom Lisa King, the family learned of The Molly Project at an event at Gillette Road Middle School.

“I just learned of this foundation while selling tickets for a Gillette Road Middle School function with my friend, Kristin Johnston,” Lisa King said. “She explained to me that she is a cofounder of this amazing organization with her 2 friends and I was touched by their commitment to making families feel blessed and happy during very difficult times. I do feel that cancer, as well as other terminal illnesses, touch all families in some capacity. So the gestures of The Molly Project provide a sentimental keepsake for families to treasure. I feel that The Molly Project ties in nicely with our past fundraisers for Alex's Lemonade Stand.”

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