Stephanie Jones turned 11 Monday. She doesn't want presents and a party. What she wants is a carnival and donations for the American Cancer Society.
Stephanie is planning in a carnival in her front yard at 310 Strathmore on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. She plans to have face-painting, a three-legged race, a white elephant sale, a bean bag toss and lucky duck games. She is donating the money from ticket sales from the games and the sale of refreshments to the American Cancer Society.
The Cancer Society has donated prizes for the games. Also, many of her family and friends have volunteered to help her with the games and to sell sodas and lemonade.
Several of her family members have died of cancer and an aunt has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "We were thinking about having a party but instead of bring presents, the kids can ask their parents for money to play the games at the carnival," Stephanie said. "And, we can give the money to the Cancer Society."
Last year, she cut her waist-length hair and donated it to Wigs for Kids. This year her mother, Jenny, and she researched the carnival idea and the Relay for Life. She is also hoping to have a team for this year's relay. "I wanted to raise money instead of wasting it," she said.
Stephanie also wants to encourage others to get involved. "I hope a bunch of people come and we give away all of our prizes," she said. "Then maybe they will want to do something like my carnival or Run for the Relay for Life."