Our co-worker Hillary Weidner dropped by the studio today to talk about a lemonade stand her daughters and their friends ran over Labor Day weekend. The stand raised $148, which was donated to Cincinnati Children’s. She posted the check presentation on Instagram, and it went viral, with people matching the donation or giving what they could. Donations will go to Cincinnati Children’s, where they are researching how to grow organs in labs to end the transplant wait list. At the time of publishing this post, over $60,000 has been raised.
Cincinnati Children’s has a special place in the Weidners’ hearts. When her daughter Bea was just a baby, she was diagnosed with biliary atresia and needed a liver transplant. Hillary was a match and donated a piece of her liver to save Bea’s life. Today, Bea is thriving and, in July, will be celebrating her 5-year “liverversary.”
Follow the journey and learn how to donate in Hillary’s Instagram stories at @hillarykweidner.
Listen to the audio from this morning:
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💕THEY’VE GONE VIRAL! what started out as a $148 donation from their lemonade stand has turned into over $50,000 in matching donations to @cincychildrens. and the number is GROWING! want to help us? venmo: @hillary-weidner to match their donation and follow along in my instagram stories!💕 @amandazerbe #bestielemonadestand #lemonAIDstand #BEAstrong #itsforthekids @theellenshow @owntv @oprah #longLIVERthequeen #BEAstrong @vineyardvines @hunterboots @lifecentercincy @jeffandjennq102 @bigdaveshowb105
Listen to Hillary’s full story, from Bea’s diagnosis to how they are doing today, in Jeff’s Person of Interest Podcast: