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Lacey and Lars
Siblings from Minnesota Raise Over $600 for CTBTA
Big Lake, MN — Sometimes support for a good cause comes from the most unlikely of places. Here at the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance we are deeply touched by two fundraising angels from the Midwest.

Lacey (8) and Lars (almost 7), a sister-brother team, have been helping the CTBTA for more than a year with donations that they raise at their family's B.L. Thrift Store in Monticello, MN.

It was Summer 2009 when Lacey and Lars took it upon themselves to help people in need through their own charitable giving. Their father Robert says that his daughter was the one who took up the charge after gaining awareness about brain tumors at school, and that his wife Lindsay found the CTBTA on the web.

When they are not in school Lacey and Lars help at the family store. This is where they got the idea to sell sodas for 50 cents each and give out homemade paper ribbons in return for donations — with the proceeds going to the CTBTA.

Good deeds in action.
Lacey and Lars were able to send an initial gift of $31 to the CTBTA from their ribbon and soda sales. So far, they have sent gifts totaling more than $650. Robert said the family tries to send the proceeds monthly as they become available.

In July the children received affirmation of the importance of their charitable work. One store patron was deeply moved by their efforts because her daughter, Maggie, had a brain tumor successfully removed in 2007 at the age of four — making our cause very near and dear to her heart.

What a family, what a community.
The commitment of Lacey, Lars and others like them puts the wind in our sails. This personal level of support allows us to continue to help fund research efforts and provide our vital support services for families faced with these serious medical challenges.

Thank you from all of us at the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance.