September 13, 2013
People could buy lemonade to help fight pediatric cancer Friday evening.
The Newsplex and Volvo of Charlottesville sold lemonade to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The money raised will go to the UVa Children's Hospital.
Pattie Coffin, a UVa Children's Hospital committee member, helped man the booth on Friday. She said the research "they do, right at the University of Virginia and the Pediatric Cancer division, is absolutely stellar and amazing."
When Coffin's son was 7 years old, he had leukemia. Coffin took him UVa for treatment.
"When I presented him to the hospital, he really was a very ill child," said Coffin. "He is now 23 years old and strapping young man, healthy as can be and I owe it to the University of Virginia."
Coffin said the work to raise money remains important.
"I will forever support any efforts to raise money to assist with research because threre's still a long way to go, there's still a lot of children that aren't that lucky and that don't make it," Coffin said.
UVa Children's Hospital's new building, the Battle Building, will open in June.
"We're all very excited. They'll be able to treat many more children, many more cancer patients," said Coffin.
Friday was the final night of the 2013 season of Friday's after Five.
"With an event like this on a night like this it's the perfect opportunity to raise some money and more importantly raise some awareness," said Coffin.
The next Fridays After Five season will begin in April.