New Jersey Teen Sells Lemonade to Raise Money For Breast Cancer Cause

The medical costs of breast cancer are ever increasing, projected to reach $158 billion by 2020, according to the National Cancer Institute. Because treatment, surgery and recovery costs are so expensive, many people living with the disease must take on a heavy financial burden. Fortunately, groups like Helping Others with Breast Cancer exist to help shoulder the costs.

Helping Others with Breast Cancer is a local nonprofit organization out of Washington Township, New Jersey. It provides financial support to women living in the area who are fighting the disease. For the past eight years, the group has had an unlikely advocate. According to, Averianna Wheeler, 13, runs an annual lemonade stand to raise money for Helping Others with Breast Cancer. The teen has been making fresh batches of pink lemonade for the cause since she was only 5-years-old.

"I want to keep doing this, even though I'm getting older and have a lot of things, I still want to help people," Averianna told the source.

The philanthropic young woman was in part motivated to make a difference because of her grandmother's struggle with breast cancer. In fact, 2014 is the 13th anniversary of when her grandmother's cancer went into remission. 

Averianna will open her lemonade stand May 10 and will sell the beverage several weekends over the summer. 

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