Lemonade Stand to help arthritis.

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Lemonade Stand

Stiff joints after a long flight, achy bones in cold weather and soreness after intense sports.

Doesn't sound like something a 12-year-old girl would endure but that has become the reality for Allison Wanichek.

She was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at 10-years-old and decided to make her weakness a strength.

"When I was first diagnosed, I was kind of in shock," said Allison. "I didn't know kids could get arthritis too and then I came home and we started to do some research and my mom was thinking 'hey why don't we do a lemonade stand for your arthritis' to raise awareness and to raise money for the arthritis foundation."

With the help of her entire family, Allison is prepping for her Third Annual Juvenile Arthritis Lemonade Stand.

Her 9-year-old brother, Jack, has been a tremendous support system.

"It's fun to work the lemonade stand and raise awareness about everything," said Jack.

A portion of the proceeds this year will also go to another local charity Jack picked out called Children's Wishes & Dreams.

Another great support system Allison has are a few local businesses selling their own lemonade and donating portions of the proceeds to her cause.

"I think it's always a good thing to give anything to a good charity," said Karaleen Fletcher, a bartender at Stone Hut Ba & Grill. "Especially when it's a local."

Allsion and her family have raised more than $8,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. Last year alone, they sold 50 gallons of their delicious lemonade.

And Allison says she'll stop at nothing to stand up for her cause.

"Sometimes it's a blessing and a curse," she said. "When I'm in pain it's kind of the curse part and when I'm raising awareness, I feel pretty good about myself."

According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 300,000 American children suffer from Juvenile Arthritis and there is no cure.

Allison's lemonade stand will be open tomorrow from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. outside Walla Walla Builders Supply in Walla Walla.

The family chose the month of July for the lemonade stand because it is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month.