When 11-year-old Grace Targonski learned that her aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she asked her mother if children get cancer too. After doing some research, Grace learned that there was much more research done for adult cancer. But the Stamford student thought more should be done for children. So she decided to start Caring With Grace, in an effort to raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer.
In July, Grace started a lemonade stand, setting up on Glenbrook Road in Stamford to raise funds for different childhood cancer awareness causes. One of the causes Grace will donate to is Ellie’s Hats, a non-profit from Virginia, focused on collecting hats for children with cancer. In June, Grace organized a hat drive at her elementary school, collecting more than 50 hats. She plans to do the same this year at her middle school.
Grace also wrote a letter to Governor Dannel Malloy this summer, requesting that September of 2014 be recognized as childhood cancer awareness month in Connecticut. To Grace’s surprise, the request was granted.
Grace will be at her lemonade stand for the last time this week before school starts on Wednesday, August 27 and Thursday, August 28. She also has events planned throughout the month of September. For more information, visit www.caringwithgrace.org or Caring With Grace on Facebook.