Local Six Year Old to Host Lemonade Stand Wednesday to Raise Awareness of Childhood Cancer and Funds for Be the Match Program
ROCKFORD, Ill. – On Wednesday, August 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., Aliyah Garcia, a local six year old, will host a Lemonade Stand at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 North Main Street.
Aliyah was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in May of 2020. She received radiation and intensive chemotherapy to prepare for a bone marrow transplant. Through the Be The Match program, she was matched with a donor in Germany. As of March 2021, she is leukemia free, but still receives post bone marrow transplant chemotherapy treatment.
“My goal is to bring awareness about childhood cancer and the Be the Match program to Rockford,” says Aliyah. “I wish there were oncology services for children in the Rockford area, so I didn’t have to take long trips to Chicago for care.”
Mayor McNamara met Aliyah during a zoom visit with her class late last school year and worked with her teacher to help make the event possible. Special thanks to Woodmans and Burpee Museum for donations.
The Be the Match registry connects patients searching for a cure and life-saving bone marrow donors. It is the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world.
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