Lemons to lemonade: Dream Run 5K held in honor of teen battling osteosarcoma

Turning lemons into lemonade was the mission for runners who laced up their shoes Sunday morning to fight childhood cancer!

Turning lemons into lemonade was the mission for runners who laced up their shoes Sunday morning to fight childhood cancer!

Kens 5’s Weekend Anchor Karen Grace also joined in on the “Dream Run 5K” and got a chance to pose with the actual upcoming NCAA tournament trophy.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Northwestern Mutual joined the fight by raising money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation at the Eilan hotel.

Local winemaker Tom Sessi also ran and refreshed racers with his wine after their three-mile journey.

Four-legged friends also got in on the fun fundraiser.

According to the website, Sunday’s event was in honor of Michael Heras. Michael is about to celebrate his 18th birthday, and he's been fighting osteosarcoma since May 2016.

After a year of chemo, he rang the famous end of treatment bell. Soon after, they discovered a new tumor on his pelvic bone and near his hip, along with nodules in his lungs. He's begun another course of chemo and will undergo lung surgery soon. He may also undergo a hemipelvectomy, which could result in losing his right leg and a portion of his pelvis.

The organization says its mission is a day when children and their families won't have to face the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis.

Donations can still be made on Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s website

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