2 local girls raise thousands for brain tumor research

CAHABA HEIGHTS, Ala. (WIAT) – What began last year as a small lemonade stand has blossomed into “Lucy and Ruby’s Brainy Day.”  It’s an event filled with games, a silent auction and other activities to help raise money for cancer research.

In 2013 Ruby Harris came up with the idea to start a lemonade stand to raise money for the hospital her father was being treated at for brain cancer.

Lucy and Ruby Harris’ father lost his battle with cancer in November 2013.

Saturday, the New Merkle Community Center in Cahaba Heights was buzzing for Lucy and Ruby’s Brainy Day.

“The support has been, it’s really been overwhelming. We have a lot of friends and family obviously but the people, just strangers that we don’t know that we don’t know who have shown support and have turned out have been amazing,” said Lisa Harris, mother of Lucy and Ruby.

Last year the girls raised $3,000 through their lemonade stand.

This year, the initial fundraising total from Lucy and Ruby’s Brainy Day is expected to be well over $10,000. The event itself brought in $8,868, which doesn’t included donations made online.

All of the money raised will be given to Wheeling for Hope, an organization that supports brain tumor research at UAB and Children’s of Alabama.

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