Friday, July 17 - Saturday, August 15, 2020
Anthem LemonAid 2020 is going virtual! In honor of our 20th anniversary of helping local children and families faced with cancer diagnoses, we are kicking off the summer with four lemon-inspired, interactive challenges, all sure to offer the tradition of LemonAid’s great summertime memory-making but with a *twist*!
For the months of July and August, we once again invite Richmond area families, businesses and community organizations to join us in making a big difference for local kids fighting cancer.
This year, Anthem LemonAid will consist of four virtual challenges that you can do with family, friends, business colleagues, and more. We invite our community to register online, choose one or more of our challenges to participate in, and follow along on social media. Also, new this year, participants can unlock special LemonAid swag and win exciting prize packages!
Our mission of raising funds to support the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU is still the same. The teams at CHoR and the families served are counting on us so our work must continue on. And because of this, we are counting on you - our village!
100% of all funds raised will support kids fighting cancer at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
In February 2019, Naielle Coleman, his mom, Natisha, and younger brother, Marius, got sick with the flu. As the rest of the family started feeling better, Natisha noticed Naielle continued to have stomach pain. By early May, Naielle’s pain became so severe that Natisha took him to the pediatrician who felt a mass in Naielle’s stomach. On May 8, while waiting for the results of various tests, Natisha remembered Naielle asked, “Mom, what if I have cancer?”
“Two hours later I got the phone call saying he had cancer and to get to [Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU] as soon as possible,” Natisha recalled. “It hit all of us like a ton of bricks.” Naielle spent two nights in the hospital where he underwent additional tests. On May 13, he received his diagnosis - desmoplastic small round blue cell sarcoma, an aggressive and rare form of cancer that usually begins in the abdomen or pelvis.
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Last summer, two months after his cancer diagnosis, Naielle and Natisha drove by an Anthem LemonAid stand near their home. They stopped and made a donation to support the annual event, which supports CHoR’s ASK Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. This year, as the 2020 LemonAid spokesperson, Naielle looks forward to participating in our signature Lemon Challenge.
When Naielle was asked to serve as this year’s spokesperson, he said, “I want to do it to help someone else. Even if one person hears my story, it may encourage them to fight.”