OUR MICHIANA: Cocoa for cancer


When two brothers came up with a plan to help find a cure for cancer, they had no idea their plan would grow to be so big.

But one Sunday afternoon, they started setting up.

It was a cold, windy day, but that didn't stop the Greenlee boys.

They made signs, taped them in place and stood at the mouth of their driveway waiting with hot cocoa, marshmallows, cookies and bracelets hoping people passing by would stop.

One by one, the customers came.

These boys were determined to make a difference after losing someone special to cancer.

"It was really sad to me," James Greenlee said. "It was sad to my brother. It was sad to my mom and my dad."

You see... they lost a good friend last year.

Aunt Noreen, as the kids call her, died from breast cancer. The boys' mother says it was hard on everyone."When she lost her battle, it really affected us all," Amy Greenlee said.

James is 9-years-old. His brother, Michael is 7.

Since lemonade didn't seem quite right in November, they came up with 'Cocoa For Cancer.'

"They have done all of this," Amy said. "They got their friends involved, other neighborhoods."

6 neighborhoods, 25 kids. cocoa stands pitched all over Granger."It makes me, as a mom, feel like we're really doing something right."

And as much fun as the kids had making cocoa and raising money, they know exactly why they did it."They know that this is something that needs constant research, constant funding," Amy said. "People are always in need, and this is their way to help."

Truth is those kids know more than any kid should know about cancer."I don't like it at all cause a bunch of people had it and died, and it makes me sad," James said.

And the kids at separate stands echoed that same concern.

"I think it's really bad and sad for people who have it," Madison Sencaj said.

"They'll have to stay in the hospital for a long time," Alexis Kintzel added.

"I think it's bad for people because they might die," noted Emily Clark. "They might not live very long if they have it."

Kids - they tell it like it is.They shoot for the moon.

"It might change their life, and they will have a better life," Emily said.

"I'm hoping to probably get a cure or something like that," James said.

And boy, they're a determined bunch. Every penny earned is going to cancer research.

Half of the proceeds are going to the Susan G Komen fund in Aunt Noreen's name. The other half is going to Riverbend Cancer Services in South Bend.

In one day, the kids raised more than $700.

They had a ton of support.

Martin's Supermarkets donated all the cocoa and cookies.

And the Greenlee boys are already planning to do it again next year.