Mario Lopez Helps Raise Funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

by Ricardo Castillo

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The company Hot Dog on a Stick turned 70 years old, and to celebrate its platinum anniversary earlier this year, it aimed to “Stomp Out Cancer” by raising $70,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  It kicked off its fundraising efforts with a celebrity lemonade Stomp-A-Thon featuring Mario Lopez.  At the event, Lopez learned to stomp lemonade with LLS’ honored patient heroes including three-year-old Kylie who was diagnosed with Leukemia just two days before her second birthday.  Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, but thanks to the cutting-edge research funded by LLS, there continues to be hope.  Kylie was put into a clinical trial for her particular type of Leukemia, and she has fought cancer with a smile.  She has been in remission since November 2015 but will continue maintenance chemotherapy treatment over the next several years.
Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon for LLS was held at its Muscle Beach location in Santa Monica, California, and raised more than $15,000.  Another highlight of the day was Lopez working in the famous beach stand making Hot Dog on a Stick’s famous stick items and serving customers.
“Kylie is an amazing little fighter and one great lemonade stomper too!” said Katie Hiller, mother of LLS Honored Hero, Kylie.  “Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon was an inspirational and uplifting event, and their fundraising efforts will help children like Kylie stomp out cancer for years to come.” •