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Defeating Childhood Cancer the Arroyo Way

Digital Reporter – Jeff Bohen

Sue Duffy- Arroyo wants her daughter, Sofia, to think about others. To care about others. She wants her daughter to be engaged and support the communities she lives in and has lived in.

Four years running now,  Sofia, aged 9,  has come out on bright sunny days to raise money for children, peers her age, afflicted with cancer raising money through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

The life-lesson and valued principles Sue is teaching her daughter are taking hold as she raised $750 to defeat maladies such as the one Emily Doughtetry had,called Aplastic Anemia.

The Key word is ‘had.’ Its efforts like those of Sofia’s through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand initiative helps to save lives of children throughout North America every day.

Credit: Jeff Bohen

The event, on the foot path between Wawa and The American Hose Hook & Ladder Fire Company No 2 on Farragut Ave in Bristol Borough, drew dozens of donors walking up greeted by Sofia and friends, with tasty lemon treats donated by Lochel’s Bakery . 

“Helping kids is what I wanna do because I like helping” Sofia told this reporter Saturday afternoon as she was serving lemonade to would be donors.

Doughtery, 15 now said she’s much better these days,  as she plays soccer and lacrosse for her school.


Plans for a second fundraiser on Mill St  later this month are in the works.

“Its just what I do. Helping” said Sofia.

If you would like to donate, you can do so online at the Arroyo’s event page for the fundraiser by clicking here


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Jeff Bohen
Digital Reporter
Jeff Bohen has been covering news in the Philadelphia region since 2008. First on Temple Student Radio WHIP's "Run Down" Show. He then Interned at WBCB, and was a Patch.com contributor on four different Patch sites. Bohen was/ is the co-founder/creator of LeviittownNow.com helping it become the most popular digital news site in Lower Bucks County.
Bohen is a passionate about educating the public on issues surrounding mental health, as he lives with Bi-Polar Disorder. In his free time, Jeff is a avid sports fan, podcast listener, and metal head whose the best air guitarist/drummer he knows. Bohen is single and has no children.

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