Video: Berkeley Girl Raises $800 for Childhood Cancer Foundation

Frances Abu Shanab, 5, held a lemonade stand in Codornices Park over the weekend to celebrate the end of her cancer treatment and raise money during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Between playing "duck, duck, goose" and eating cake with her friends, 5-year-old Frances Abu Shanab — known as Franny to her friends — raised $800 over the weekend for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

Frances, a first grader at Bentley School who makes clear that she is "five and three-quarters" going on 6 years old, recently finished treatment for Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

"She wanted to have a celebration and she also wanted to do something good for others," said Sarah Abu Shanab, Franny's mom. 

Frances was inspired during her visits to the clinic when she saw someone hosting an "Alex's Lemonade Stand" to raise money for childhood cancer. The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation encourages people to host lemonade stands and other events in their local communities to raise funds for children with cancer. 

Since September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, coupling Franny's celebration with a charitable event seemed perfect. 


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