PORTLAND, Ore. — After finding out his mom has cancer, a 7-year-old boy used his entrepreneurial skills and found the best kid-friendly way to raise money for his mom’s cancer treatment — starting a lemonade stand.
Luke Engelman, the oldest of four siblings, is running “Luke’s Lemonade Stand” to raise money for his mother’s cancer healing treatments, according to KOIN. Luke’s mother, Lisa Engelman, has Follicular non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, a blood cancer that forms tumors in lymph nodes and other parts of the body. She was diagnosed in 2013, just four months after giving birth to her youngest child.
“Because my momma has cancer and now she’s really sick and we have to get rid of it, we have to raise money to pay for the treatment in Mexico,” Engelman told KOIN.
Lisa previously went through chemotherapy to suppress the cancer, but the treatments did not work, according to her fundraising page. She is now raising money to get a specialize treatment at the Hope 4 Cancer Institute in Mexico.
Engelman raised almost $4,000 from his lemonade stand on Saturday. The 7-year-old is hoping to raise $58,000 and says he won’t stop until his mom is cancer-free.
On Monday, the Engelmans announced on Facebook that Lisa is heading to Mexico to start her treatments.
The family is also using other ways to raise money. The Life for Lisa fundraiser set up a “Rise & Shine Coffee Run,” a 5k/10k virtual race that can be done from any location and time. The race will start on Oct. 31 with a $25 race fee and proceeds going towards Lisa’s battle with cancer.