LA HABRA, Calif. -- When Max Igoe was 5 years old, breast cancer claimed the life of his mother's best friend, 37-year-old Beth Rorman. The little boy found himself expressing his pain with the kind of idea only a kindergartner might conceive: a lemonade stand.
"It's just the first thing that popped into my head," said Max, now 14.
Nicki Igoe, Max's mother, said her son was aware her friend was sick.
"He knew that she had something called cancer," she recalled. Rorman battled the illness for some 10 years.
Max told his mom he would set up a lemonade stand near their La Habra home, and raise money for breast cancer research. Maybe even help them discover a cure.
Max has exceeded his wildest dreams: "We've raised over $80,000."