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Lemonade stand raises $1,600
Proceeds to help boy with rare form of cancer
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Anna Hays Polk, 4, serves up some fresh lemonade at her home to Charlene Jackson on Wednesday. The Polk family staged a lemonade stand to help raise money for cancer patient Silas Edenfield, 4, of Lyons. Anna Hays met Silas while receiving treatments for leukemia at the Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Four-year-old Anna Hays Polk did not hesitate when asked why she wanted to host a lemonade stand in her front yard Wednesday.
“To help Silas,” she said.
On Wednesday, Anna Hays, with help from friends and family, hosted a lemonade stand in her neighborhood, Hunters Pointe, to help out a friend she met in the hospital while undergoing treatment for leukemia. Silas has a rare form of liver cancer, and has been receiving treatment in Savannah.
“He is just a very special little boy, and we would love to help their family in any way we can,” said Jody Polk, Anna Hays’ mother.
More than 300 people came to the lemonade stand, and they donated more than $1,600 for Silas, Polk said.
Polk said the family wanted to give back to others after all of the love and support they received after Anna Hays was diagnosed. When her parents asked Anna Hays what she wanted to do to help, she said a lemonade stand.
“She really wanted to do something where all of her friends could help and our family could help, too. This was a way that the children and the adults could all help together,” Polk said.
The Polk family feels strongly about helping Silas because of Anna Hays’ own experience with leukemia. She was diagnosed when she was 3 years old.
“We take everything day by day. We wake up and if she doesn’t have a fever it’s a blessing,” said Rett Polk, Anna Hays’ father.
    While wearing “Lemonade for Silas” T-shirts, Anna Hays and her friends were able to help raise money for Silas’s medical bills. She enthusiastically helped sell lemonade. She ran around with the other children bringing cups of lemonade for the many friends and family who came out and showed their support for Silas. 
    “I saw it on Facebook and have followed Anna Hays and what she has been through,” Terri Deloach said while getting her lemonade. “I thought it was so sweet that she was trying to help someone else.”
    Rett Polk says that even at her young age – she will turn 5 in August – she is able to understand what others have done to help. In turn, she wants to help others.
    “We feel like God has put us in this place in order to help others,” Jody Polk said.

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