Rapid City family opens lemonade stand to fight cancer

UPDATE: Britney Brouillette has passed away, according to a Facebook post from her family.

RAPID CITY, SD — For almost 3 years the Brouillette family has battled cancer as a team.

Just 6 weeks after her son was born, Rapid City woman Britney Brouillette found out she had breast cancer. On Saturday, her family set up a lemonade stand to raise money for her treatment.

This weekend 33-year-old Britney’s family and closest friends spoke out on her behalf, to bring awareness and raise money for her treatment.

“We wanted to do something nice and show her that she’s loved,” said friend Rylee O’Connell, “and she’s still loved and her battle has been so positive,”

They set up a lemonade stand with sweet treats in order to raise money for treatment.

“We’ve just been wowed by all of the support from family and friends, but also the community as well. It’s been amazing.” said husband Eric Brouillette.

West River Pink Ladies, an organization that helps those with cancer and their families, also donated $1000 and a gift bag to the family.

Britney, who prior to intensive treatment was a beloved teacher in the area, is currently in hospice. And while the cancer has spread to vital organs and bones, she and her family refuse to give up hope.

“You know, cancer is so ugly but it brings out so much beautiful things in people, and it’s so neat to see our community come together for this just to help,” continued O’Connell “parents that she taught will come by like ‘we loved her when she taught our kids’ and the impact she’s made you can see, it’s just tremendous.”

Her husband hopes that her story continues to bring families together and helps others find the silver lining

“You know just awareness and on top of that just showing there are a lot of good people in this world.”

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