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Ames 8th Grader Raises More Than $50,000 for Blank Children's Hospital

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Grace McCunn at her lemonade stand

After being released from treatment at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines for chronic migranes, Grace McCunn of Ames says she couldn't stop thinking about the other children still stuck in the hospital for treatment.

"I wanted to do something to try and make their stay just a little bit better," McCunn says.

She decided to fundraise for the hospital with a lemonade stand, raising about $100 on her first day. Since then, she's organized two 5ks for the hospital, raising more than $50,000, and she is now the subject of a new documentary, "Amazing Grace Lemonade Race". 

"Small things really add up quickly," she says. "If we all help out a little bit, it could really help the families, the kids there."

In this Talk of Iowa segment, Charity Nebbe talks with McCunn and Eric Smidt, the producer, writer, director, and editor of the film. Smidt is also the director of school, community & media relations for the Ames Community School District

This summer McCunn is organizing her third annual 5k, set for Saturday July 27th in Ames.