PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two four-year-old twins have raised hundreds of dollars to help battle cancer by selling 25 cent cups of lemonade.
In September, Eva and Emma Msibi presented money they raised to Sharon Debonis, who is currently battling cancer. The girls met Debonis for the first time Monday, presenting more than $300 to the woman who just recently finished chemotherapy.
The adorable duo raised the money with a lemonade stand selling the refreshment at 25 cents a cup.
"The first time I saw about them was in Facebook. They impress me every day," said Debonis, who was diagnosed with cancer in April. "I finished chemotherapy two weeks ago and I'm gene positive so next step will be to get both my breasts removed. If it wasn't for family and friends I don't know what I would do."
The girls' mother, Kelly Msibi, says the idea came after their first successful sale raising money for a friend's dad who just passed from cancer on Saturday.
"When they told me what they wanted to do with the money, I was shocked," she said.
Then a family member built them a beautiful lemonade stand with the inscription "Beating Cancer one Cup at a Time." The rest is history.
"I want them to be good people," said Msibi. "It is emotional because we started this for our close friend and he passed away Saturday."
"It is so great for the little ones to understand compassion," said Debonis. "I think everyone should."
In October, the girls helped a second woman, Gisele Bua. They presented the canver survivor with $300.
Bua was the first to post her thanks, saying what the girls are doing for cancer patients is beyond words. She says the girls will always have a special place in her heart and in her prayers.
The stand is also stocked with "No More Cancer Wish Bracelets" for $2.00 each, and all proceeds go to families fighting cancer.
You can check out the girls' Facebook page here to check and see where they'll be set up next!
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