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Small Donation Big Hearts

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
Two local girls continued a tradition of caring with their donation to the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital.

It was sunny and hot, but it wasn't too bad being outside all day.

"We had a tree," said Anna Sehlin.

The 12-year-old and her friend Ashley Mullen, also 12, decided to set up a lemonade stand in the shade of some tall pines in their neighborhood recently. They knew exactly what they'd do with the profits.

lemonade stand giving to cancer instituteAs their sign stated, all proceeds would benefit the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital.

"We both came up with the idea," said Anna.

Anna's grandfather passed away from brain cancer in 2010. Ever since, "Anna has been touched by those who are facing cancer," explained her mother, Kim Sehlin. "She always wants to do what she can to help families in need, especially because she experienced having a sick family member. She understands the impact it has not only on the patient but the entire family."

Both Anna and Ashley have a history of helping others through school-related community service projects. In fifth grade, they helped lead a food drive for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This year, they were among the sixth-grade Doyle Ambassadors who lend a helping hand at school and in the community.

The girls and their classmates had a car wash benefiting "Hope for Hails." The fundraiser helped the family of a former Doyle student facing a rare disease with medical expenses. The pair were also part of an effort to raise funds for the War on Terrorism memorial at the Bucks County courthouse in Doylestown.

Ashley says helping others makes her feel good. You also don't have wait until you're older to practice acts of kindness.

"I think anyone can make an impact if they try," she said. Ashley wants to be an astrophysicist when she grows up.

She and Anna will attend Lenape Middle School in the fall.

Their donation to the Cancer Institute, presented to Director Betsy Alexander in mostly dollar bills and change in a plastic red cup, may not be large in terms of amount, but it represents something quite substantial.

Besty Alexander, Anna Sehlin and Ashley Mullen
"I think it's great the girls have started doing things like this so early," said Betsy. "When you start when you're young, this becomes a life-long habit of giving back to the community."

She was reminded of the generosity of the many volunteers who give their time helping the staff and patients in the Cancer Institute. Betsy also thanked the girls' mothers, Kim Sehlin and Maggie Mullen, for their part in the process.

Besides, all the little gifts add up. The funds raised by Anna and Ashley are not earmarked for any specific purpose, but could be go toward anything from helping a chemotherapy patient with a co-pay to help with transportation costs.

"As a mom, I couldn't be more proud of my daughter and her good friend for helping our community and knowing that they are making a difference," said Kim. "My greatest wish is that Anna will continue to do kind things for others and hopefully inspire others to pay it forward."

About the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital

Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the ;Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital offers patients the quality care they expect from a leader in cancer diagnosis and treatment — close to home. Comprehensive services include oncology-certified patient navigators, a state-of-the art infusion suite, Penn Radiation Oncology on site, and access to cutting-edge therapies and innovative clinical trials through the Penn Cancer Network. Visit the Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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