Maine girls, including 1 who had brain tumor removed, raise money for local hospitals
LEWISTON (WGME) – Two Lewiston girls are making a difference by raising money for some local hospitals with something sweet.
Destany Fasano, an 11-year-old from Lewiston, is selling lemonade this week to raise money for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and Saint Mary's Hospital.
"It started out with her asking if she would be able to set up a lemonade stand," grandmother Lisa Chouinard said.
She says Destany and her best friend Cecelia started selling lemonade Tuesday outside Chouinard's home on Central Avenue.
"The first day they made a couple of dollars, but after some posts on social media, they're getting so many people," Chouinard said.
"I never thought we would get like $90, I've never even seen $90," 11-year-old Cecelia Patrie said.
Chouinard says many people are stopping by to not only support the hospitals, but to support Destany.
"Destany had a cancerous brain tumor removed a couple weeks ago, her speech is still limited, but that will come back eventually," Chouinard said.
"I wanted to help her because she really wanted to help [the hospital]. I was there with her, and they were really nice. They allowed me to go see her when no one was allowed to see her," Patrie said.
On Wednesday, the two girls raised more than $100.
"This is very important to her and that she's touching lives by doing this, and it's just heartwarming for the community to come out," Chouinard said.
The girls say they will be open again Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.
To help Destany with her medical bills, a GoFundMe is set up in her name.