When life gives you lemons
Young 'Sparkle Sisters' share proceeds from cool drinks and cookies
Anna Kate Cooper, a fifth-grader from Austin, raised $300 for cancer research over a 90-minute period at a cookie and lemonade stand. She partnered with two classmates from Doss Elementary. Together, the “Sparkle Sisters” spread word of the fundraiser through fliers and school-wide announcements.
“I want to help MD Anderson because my Uncle Randy and Aunt Mary Kathryn work there,” Anna Kate says. “We’re going to have more bake sales and lemonade stands so we can keep helping people with cancer.”
Randy Weber, M.D., chair of Head and Neck Surgery, and Mary Kathryn Cooper, executive director of special programs in the Development Office, welcomed Anna Kate and her father, Jonathan Cooper, to MD Anderson and proudly collected their niece’s $7 in quarters and $293 in cash.
“I’m so proud of Anna and her friends,” Mary Kathryn says. “Their innovation, creativity, enthusiasm and empathy are contagious, inspirational and truly mature. Their efforts warm my heart and are indicative of such imaginative and successful young ladies. They’ll make the world a better place.”