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Girl Scout raises money for girl with leukemia

August 08, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

SMITHSBURG - While others were enjoying Smithsburg Pride Days recently, Mary McCleaf, 11, a junior Girl Scout with Troop 255, was hard at work.

Mary set up a lemonade stand at Smithsburg's Veterans Park to raise money for a local child who is battling leukemia.

All lemonade was sold by donation only and all proceeds were collected to benefit a 7-year-old girl with leukemia.

Mary was working on ideas for completing her bronze award and decided on the idea to raise money for children, and then further decided on raising the money to help a young girl she knows.

For her badge, Mary worked for hours gathering information about leukemia to educate the public. She made signs and decorations for the lemonade stand and even spent some of her own money to get the project started.

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Her sisters, Lynn and Katie McCleaf, both Brownie Girl Scouts, helped with the stand.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans donated the cups and napkins for her event.

The girls are the daughters of Angie and Craig McCleaf.

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