Vinton Family Gets Lemons, Makes Lemonade

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By Brady Smith

VINTON, Iowa - You would never know by watching her play that 2-year old Amillianna King is in a struggle for her life.

"She first got sick at 15 months, and then at 18 months, she was diagnosed with A-L-L," her mother Stephanie said Saturday.

A-L-L stands for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

"It's where they can't produce the cells they need for an immune system, so it leaves them succeptible to everything," Stephanie explained. She said their family time has been consumed by treatment and recovery since the diagnosis more than a year ago.

"That's kind of become the biggest part of our life now."

This is the first time the Kings have hosted Alex's Lemonade stand. Their first goal was $200. That money will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which funds cancer research, specifically the types that affect children like Amillianna, who still has a year to go with treatments.

"We're down a year and a half, so we're getting to the end of the tunnel," Stephanie told us. She said this first goal is a small one, and they hope it will grow the next time they host a stand. For now, they know every dollar counts when it comes to the astronomical cost of battling a deadly disease.

"We've never actually seen a bill of it, because we know it'd be outrageous," Stephanie said.

For the Kings, this is their way of giving back to the people in the community, and Alex's Lemonade Stand.

"It's been wonderful, all of the support we've gotten, so we can't thank them enough."

If you want to donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand, it's as simple as sending a text. To donate 5 dollars, text the word "CANCER" to the number 85944. To donate 10 dollars, text the word "LEMONADE" to the same number. You can also go online to www.alexslemonade.org.

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