Way to go: Mason Batz, Lindenhurst

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Second-grader Mason Batz turned a lemonade stand into something very fruitful for kids with cancer.

The student at Daniel Street Elementary School in Lindenhurst, who was diagnosed last year with leukemia, recently raised $2,000 by running a lemonade stand at his grandmother's house on Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst.

The money will be used to send a child and his or her family to Camp Sunshine in Maine, which Mason attended last summer thanks to a sponsorship from the Steven M. Perez Foundation in Melville. Camp offerings include family support groups, recreational activities such as talent and magic shows and dance parties.

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"Mason decided on the drive home that he would like to raise money to send a child and their family to the camp since it was such a wonderful experience for us," said his mother, Jeanine. "It's nice to be in a place where other people understand exactly what you're going through."

To attract a crowd, the Batz family promoted the fundraiser on Facebook and spread the word to co-workers. Visitors donated varying sums for a glass of lemonade and a chocolate chip cookie. "I was really happy," Mason said of the amount raised. "I want to do this every year."

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