ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Swinging with her sister in their front yard, Caroline Gallagher, 6, is dealing with reality.
"Gotta stay home,” her mom reminds the two young girls.
It's been a long summer, stuck at home and away from people. But it's really a bummer for Gallagher, who has big lemonade selling goals.
"I don’t really like it," said Caroline, when asked about Coronavirus.
For the last four years, Caroline has run a very successful lemonade stand in her neighborhood. She went from a blue table and chairs last summer, to a big, pink stand this past winter. One year, she raised $13,000 and not a dime went into her pocket. It all went to charity.
Thinking back, Caroline remembers it plainly. "It’s scary," she said.
“Really some of the darkest days as a parent that you could ever imagine, and then multiply it," said Danielle Gallagher, Caroline's mother.
Caroline is now in remission, but she will never forget living with cancer. Nor will her family.
"If childhood cancer teaches you anything it is that, is that when it gets hard you just have to keep going. Childhood cancer doesn’t stop just because we are in the middle of a pandemic," said Danielle.
But in a time of Coronavirus, having an in-person lemonade stand is just not safe.
"We just don’t want anybody to get sick,” said Caroline. So she decided to do what everyone else is doing right now, and take her lemonade stand virtual this year.
“We are going to give out lots of prizes," she said with a big smile. Already, the organizations that support her have sent in sports tickets, baskets, and apparel for her to raffel off during her virtual lemonade stand. She also will be sharing her lemonade secret recipe.