When life hands you lemons...


BAR HARBOR - A young cancer survivor has a sweet solution to help fight the disease.

6 year old Clara Levin and her big sister Eliza are hosting a lemonade stand.

You can't tell by looking at this bubbly young girl, but Clara was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age three.

"It was hard seeing Clara go through this and knowing that there was not much I could do," Eliza Levin, 11, said.

Clara completed her treatment earlier this year. And now, they're using their experience in a positive way.

"I realized it was happening to not just her but people around the world, and I wanted to sort of help them," said Eliza.

The proceeds they squeeze from their endeavor will go towards Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

"We are doing that to sort of give back to an organization that was really supportive of our family," said mom Donna Hanke.

Alex's Lemonade S tand connected their family with others going through similar situations.

"This is hard, but there are other people down this path with us and we can make those connections and stick together," Hanke said.

And now that Clara's all better, she and her sister want to help make other families better too.

"I may not know them, but I know that somewhere they'll be able to get through this," said Eliza.

Because when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.

Their lemonade stand will be at the Bar Harbor YWCA this Saturday from 10 am until noon.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!

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