Cancer Survivor, 8, Raises Money for the Cause
After beating leukemia last year, Brasen VonMoose-Lemin, a second-grader at George Cromwell Elementary, continues to raise money for the hospital that helped him get well.
The arrangements are in place.
The ring-toss board is built. The signs are made. The entertainment is booked. Now all 8-year-old Brasen VonMoose-Lemin has left to do Saturday is spend his $4 on games.
"I want [my classmates] to know that leukemia's hard to go through," Brasen said.
The George Cromwell second-grader is hosting a fundraiser at his school Saturday to raise money for the hospital that helped him get well. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brasen—whose name means God's gift, his mother Cherie VonMoose-Lemin said—was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and treated at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital. Last year he raised and donated more than $1,800 to "his hospital," and this year he hopes to raise more.
"I'll do it until no more kids have leukemia and they don't have to go get needles," he said.
As of November 2011, Brasen has been chemo-free and said he feels "good." He started playing baseball this year and has bowled in a duckpin league for a while.
And he's excited for Saturday.
"I'm excited about the moon bounce. And I have $4 for games," he said.
Games will run from 50 cents to $1 and include bowling, a ring toss and a bean bag toss for kids, said Brasen's father Donald Lemin.
They'll also raffle off 17 baskets filled with goodies and sell lemonade, brownies—donated by ShopRite—and other baked goods.
"It's going to be bigger than last year and we're also hoping to do a lot better than last year," Donald Lemin said.
"The whole class knows about it this year," Brasen added.
Checks—made out to UMMS Foundation—will be accepted at the fundraiser. Those who wish to donate but are unable to attend can contact Donald Lemin at 410-971-7064 or mail a check to 1512 Charles Ave., Glen Burnie, MD, 21061.
A rain date is scheduled for Sunday during the same hours.