The Frisco community recently came together in a big way to support the fight against childhood cancer, as they held local events that raised over $270,000 to benefit the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation in Memory of Jonny Wade, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015.
The eighth annual Newman Village Lemonade Stand attracted hundreds of people to Frisco’s Newman Village neighborhood on Sunday, Sept. 30. In addition to the lemonade stand, the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation hosted its second annual Gold Party on Sept. 29 at The Star in Frisco.
The exclusive Gold Party hosted community leaders and residents of Newman Village and surrounding neighborhoods who participated in live and silent auctions with items generously donated by sponsors Markham Fine Jewelers, Highland Capital Management, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Paladin Partners, Cinemark, Neiman Marcus Willow Bend, PhRMA, Pfizer, McKesson / Texas Oncology, Lava Cantina, Community Impact Newspaper, Freeman Law, PLLC, Salesforce.com, The Cheney Group, Tech-Critic, Newman Real Estate, Fingerprints Private Christian Preschool, 2717 Fitness, Legacy ER & Urgent Care, JDFIU Capital and many others.
Several special guests attended the weekend events, including Senator-Elect Pat Fallon, State Rep-Elect Jared Patterson, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, Frisco Independent School District board member Steve Noskin, the Wade family, retired Dallas Cowboys player Tyler Clutts, the Frisco Police Department and the Frisco Fire Department.
The Lemonade Stand and Gold Party were truly homegrown, community-based events. Dozens of volunteers participated, and the events raised substantially more than the $50,000 raised in 2017.
“I am overwhelmed and beyond thankful for the love and support the community of Frisco continues to provide,” said Kimberly Wade, Jonny’s mother and founder of the Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation. “My family and I have devoted our lives to sharing Jonny’s courageous journey, and this community’s commitment to bringing awareness and funds to children’s cancer research is a true inspiration.
The Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation began in early 2016 because of Jonny Wade’s wish that no other child would have cancer. Jonny’s determination, faith and courage touched the lives of those around him and inspired his parents and twin brother to fight pediatric cancer beyond his hospital room. Now, more than a year later, the foundation has raised nearly $1 million for pediatric cancer research and is committed to conquering pediatric cancer through research and political action.Kids Shouldn't Have Cancer >