When fifth-grader Olivia Ohlson found out her mother, Gini Ohlson, was diagnosed with cancer, she knew just what to do.
Olivia started a pink lemonade stand and grabbed her grandmother to help make delicious shortbread cookies. Olivia sold the lemonade and cookies outside of their home in Evanston, Illinois, to raise money to help cancer patients.
Olivia had always thought of starting her own lemonade stand, and she felt like this was the perfect time to follow her dreams.
“I thought that since I wanted to raise money, I could have a lemonade stand,” she said to ABC News. “I always wanted to have a lemonade sale and when my mom got cancer I wanted to raise funds for women like her.”
Olivia started a lemonade stand to raise money to support cancer patients.
Olivia’s grandmother was not the only one who helped out. The 10-year-old went further and contacted local bakeries asking them to donate cookies in the shape of pink ribbons for her to sell.
Gretchen Vetter of Tag’s Bakery, was one of the bakeries that she contacted—and she was very touched by the little girl’s actions.
“I was very moved by it, so I was more than willing to help,” said Vetter.
Olivia’s efforts are inspired by her mother.
Olivia’s mother was her inspiration, and so all her proceeds are going to Northshore Kellogg Cancer Center, where her mom is being treated.
“I know my mom has lots of family and friends who take care of her but other people don’t so they need more support,” she said. “By giving Kellogg money they can use it … for patients.”
Olivia’s mother is “very proud” of her. She told ABC News that she is impressed that Olivia went through all the hard behind-the-scenes work.
“She didn’t just go with the fun part,” she said. The young girl made all the signs, organized the display, and had friends who came and helped her during the sale as well.
The money donated by Olivia will “provide support and resources to assist breast cancer patients and family members with the many challenges they face during diagnosis, treatment and beyond,” a NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center spokeswoman said.
Olivia has gained a lot of attention from her pink lemonade and bake sale stand. So far, she has raised $4,500 through the bake sale and online donations made by family, friends, and strangers.