Childhood cancer survivors-turned-advocates turning lemons into lemonade

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PARIS, Tex. (KXII) -- Three-year-old Madi Hallford and 4-year-old Sierra Faulkner held their second annual lemonade stand Saturday to raise money for a special cause.

"Kids with cancer," said Sierra Faulkner, 4, Childhood Cancer Survivor.

It's a battle they have also fought.

"We had it to kill cancer," said Madi Hallford, 3,Childhood Cancer Survivor.

"To kill cancer?" asked Taryn Hallford, Madi's Mom.

"Yea," said Madi.

Sierra ended treatment a year ago Wednesday for Ewing's Sarcoma at the base of her skull.

Madi will end treatment in October for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

But there is good news.

"Mmm mmm, I don't have any of that anymore," said Sierra.

Madi and Sierra's moms celebrate their daughters' success in treatment as a sign that others need their help.

"We're not just doing this because they survived, you know what I mean?" said Taryn.

So they partner with Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization that funds childhood cancer research.

"It's hard to get this much support and I've just really watched the town of Paris come behind us and even from states away," said Taryn.

And with the support of the community, have raised over $7000 in just over a year to help find a cure.

"We've met so many people and adopted so many grandparents now," said Kaylee Faulkner, Sierra's Mom.

A diagnosis like cancer at such a young age can stop a lot of people in their tracks.

"God told me real quick that's not the way," said Taryn.

But these families took action instead.

"And fighting those bad guys," said Sierra.

And don't plan to stop anytime soon.

"I think we will turn over the reigns and maybe even a foundation over to the girls," said Taryn.

Madi and Sierra know what lemonade is made of.

"L-l-lemons," said Sierra.