TOWNSEND -- Two Townsend girls are putting a summer staple to good use this year, and helping a loved one in the process.
Brynn and Molly Demeo will be running a lemonade stand this Saturday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of McNabb Pharmacy to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of their uncle.
Jim Landi was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs.
Last year, the girl's opened the lemonade stand for the first time, and raised more than $700 for the cause.
"A lot of people we'd never met before but who had some connection to cystic fibrosis wanted to come out and support the girls," said the girls' grandmother, Mary Landi.
Brynn Demeo, 8, said that seeing her uncle struggle inspired them to raise money for a cure.
"We saw him struggling and coughing," Brynn Demeo said.
Her younger sister, 6-year-old Molly, said that her uncle has defied the odds.
"They said he wouldn't live until he was 16 but he did," Molly Demeo said. Jim Landi is now 31 years old.
The girls' mother, Jess Demeo, said the girls had come up with the idea as a way to do their part in the search for a cure.
"It gives them a way to get involved and feel like they're making a difference with something that was their own idea," said Jess Demeo, their mother.
Mary Landi thanked McNabb's Pharmacy for allowing them to set up outside both this year and last.
"They've been our family pharmacy forever, since we moved to Townsend, and they've always supported us. They've done whatever they could to help Jim out with his medicines," Landi said.
Throughout the year, the family holds other fundraisers, including a Bash to Smash CF around Halloween. All the money raised goes toward the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides walk each May, which they have participated in every year since Jim was born.
Over those 31 years, they've raised tens of thousands of dollars, including about $30,000 in the last two years alone.
Last year, their team at Great Strides, the Tiger Team, was made up of 98 friends and family members.
Mary Landi encouraged her granddaughters' efforts, saying that their work had the potential to impact more than just their family.
"Community service in any aspect is great, but they're doing something for someone they love, and helping other people at the same time," Landi said.
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