Sisters raise big bucks for baby with rare disease

Published 1:04 am Sunday, July 10, 2011

10-year-old Jacee and 6-year-old Jazmine Robertson of McNeill raised $540 for Cole Alison with a lemonade stand they set up at their family’s business in Picayune.

Friday, July 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. the girls braved the heat to sell lemonade and take donations to help their 11-week-old neighbor who has been recently diagnosed with HLH and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, La.

Lacie Robertson, mother of the two girls said, “They heard about the softball tournament this last weekend for Cole Alison. I explained that he is sick and the tournament was going to help the Alison family pay for expenses to help get Cole well. They wanted to help Cole also and asked to do a lemonade stand for him. Their dad said they could set up in front of his shop on Friday so they did. We went through several gallons of lemonade, but we also had people just come up and donate.”

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Robertson says the girls were very excited about the amount of money that they raised; Cole’s aunt brought them to the Alison home to deliver their donation in person.

She says, “They got to see Cole through the door and his mom cried and was very thankful. She said she wanted to do something for the girls, but the girls do not want anything in return. They took away the benefit of helping others and a deeper knowledge that everything is not just about them. There are other people in the world and sometimes they need our help. That is really big.”