You may have seen them last year at the corner of Fairway Drive and Freeman Road, selling sugar cookies and lemonade for 50 cents apiece.
By the day’s end, after flagging down cars and promoting their products under a hot summer sun, the children had pocketed $200. All of it went to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
These children, ranging in age from kindergarten to fifth grade and most of whom attend South Davis Elementary, grew up together in Orchard Park. If ever the sun was out and homework done, they’d be outside, playing together in the neighborhood.
But recently, cancer upended their young lives, touching two of the families in the neighborhood. Megan, Erin and Brendan discovered that their mother, Denise Sass, 39, has neuroblastoma. Joscelyn Wabick, 8, and Jude Wabick, 6, discovered that their grandmother has multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer. Suddenly their world was — and still is — filled with tests, diagnoses and many hours spent in hospitals.
The children rallied together to organize a lemonade stand, the proceeds of which will benefit the Team West Herr in the Ride for Roswell event. Jason Wabick is a salesperson for the company, and both he and his wife, Bobbie, will be riding in the event, an annual effort that raises money for Roswell through people riding varying distances throughout Western New York. Bobbie Wabick’s mother, and the children’s grandmother, is the one who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
This year, the neighborhood children hope to raise $500 through their lemonade stand, said Bobbie Wabick. It will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the corner of Fairway Drive and Freeman Road. The lemonade and cookies will be $1 each. Sweet Annalines, a cookie business started by one of the mothers in the neighborhood, will be donating the cookies.
“When you feel it and you experience it, you tend to want to go out there and do whatever you can to make things better for the future,” said Bobbie Wabick.
“We want to help everyone, but it’s tough to do everything. We do what touches our heart.”
To donate to the Team West Herr Ride for Roswell, call Jason and Bobbie Wabick at 662-2215.