Stella Michel never met or had any contact with Nevaeh Denine, but like so many others she’d been touched by the life of the little girl.
Nevaeh, a nine-year-old from the Goulds area of St. John’s died on Monday after a battle with neuroblastoma.
She was diagnosed when she was three and in 2014 started Nevaeh’s Lemonade Stand to raise money to help other children with cancer.
Since then the annual fundraiser has raised $160,000.
This year’s event took place on July 28, one day after Nevaeh’s birthday.
Her kindness and giving nature prompted Michel, who runs the monthly 12 Months 12 Miracle campaign in Corner Brook, to do something for Nevaeh.
“This little girl spent her life, a sick as she was, trying to bring a brightness to this world,” said Michel.
After hearing of Nevaeh’s death Michel’s wheels started turning to come up with a way to honour her.
With a yard sale already set to take place this Saturday for the group’s August Block the Bus Miracle, to collect school supplies for children in need in the area, the idea struck Michel to add a lemonade stand to the event.
“What better way,” she said. “Just to remember her. Just raise a glass to this beautiful soul.”
Michel said she’s had kids show up at her door with backpacks filled with school supplies for Block the Bus and that just shows her how giving children are.
“Kids are probably better at the kindness and generosity than some adults,” she said.
“Especially Nevaeh to take this, and run with it, and do the things that she did, and raise the money that she did and spread it around like she did. It’s incredible to sit back and watch kindness like that and to witness that much good in this world.
“What she did was incredible in her short little life.”
The 12 Months 12 Miracle yard sale will take place at the Kinsmen building on St. Mark’s Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.