Jenesis Shaw, a second-grader at Nazareth Elementary School, and friends will sell lemonade to the public from noon to 3 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St.
After teacher Sister Melissa Gernon and students found out Jenesis has a childhood kidney cancer, they jumped at the opportunity to help. During only one day of school lunches back in November, the students sold glasses of lemonade for 25 cents each. Their efforts raised $800.
But this money isn’t for Jenesis. It is for other children who have cancer. When Jenesis and her family were in the hospital, they noticed that comfort items weren’t always available, especially for families who might not live close by. So Jenesis decided to change that. Along with the help of her parents, Micheal and Scotesha, she is raising money to make survival kits for others going through treatment. Each bag costs about $30-$40 and includes Jenesis-approved items such as warm socks, a full-size toothbrush and a stuffed animal.
Team Jenny Bean — as her Facebook page is called — hasn’t stopped dreaming big. The fundraising has continued with the creation of a Go Fund Me page. Go Fund Me celebrated their efforts recently by awarding Jenesis a $1,000 check and the title of Kid Hero.
Visit gofundme.com/teamjennybeancarebags to donate.