Somerton girl raises money to fight cancer

The 10-year-old wanted to host a yard sale to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Here to help: Emily Olszewski, 10, and her family held a yard sale and raised $720 for the American Cancer Society.

While Northeast Philadelphia sees many efforts to raise money and awareness for cancer, 10-year-old Emily Olszewski is not letting her age stop her from getting involved.

The Somerton resident has not had anyone in her family affected by cancer, but wanted to do something to support the fight against it after seeing a television commercial.

She ran the idea by her father and grandmother, and came up with the idea of having a yard sale.

“One day, she just came to me and said, can we do something to make money for cancer?” Peggy Doman, her grandmother, recalled.

The family ran the yard sale the weekend of Sept. 23. They publicized the event by running ads in the Northeast Times and posting fliers around the community, but were still blown away by the reception they received.

At the yard sale, they raised $720 in sales and donations for the American Cancer Society. The community has continued to bring donations to the family after the sale ended, bringing the total closer to $800.

Emily proves that, no matter the age, anyone can get involved in the fight against cancer. ••