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Like ships in the night, as they say, the tweens on the Edina White Storm hockey team had little in common with Megan Wegge of a similar team in Moose Lake, Minn., other than that they played on the same ice in this March's state 12U girls state hockey tournament. But when they later read about Wegge's battle with cancer -- a liver cancer she discovered shortly after the tournament -- they thought up a very tween way to help: putting up a stand and selling lemonade. And the idea grew from there.
This is the first in an occasional series of blog posts entitled Cool Things Kids Do. It'll highlight the many extraordinary kids in this community and the extraordinary things they do for their communities -- or in this case what they are doing for a complete stranger with hockey being the only link.
"It's a there but for the grace of God go I kind of thought," said George Rerat, whose daughter, Grace Ann, helped create the idea for the lemonade stand. "It could be any of our daughters."
General Sports in Edina gave the girls space last weekend, and the girls collected $1,600 for the Megan Wegge Family Benefit. They'll be at it again this weekend, this time selling lemonade from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of Steele Fitness in Edina. They'll also be selling tickets to a charity hockey game of current and former NHL stars that takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Dakotah Ice Arena in Prior Lake.
While proceeds for that game normally go to the Hockey Dreams foundation, proceeds from the $5 tickets sold by the girls will go to support Wegge and her family's medical expenses. The Edina girls will again be selling lemonade at that hockey game, and then scrimmaging against Wegge's Moose Lake team during an intermission.
Rerat said Wegge's father is planning to attend the hockey game, but that Megan remains in Indiana with her mother and is undergoing proton beam radiation therapy for her aggressive cancer. Wegge has done some pretty spectacular things in her life already as well, twice donating her hair to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for cancer patients.