Wishes for Weston continues at lemonade stand in Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
A hot summer day was the perfect setting for a serious cause. Friends of the Rock family set up a lemonade stand Tuesday near the CVS Drug Store parking lot. They raised funds for Dave and Becky Rock, whose young son Weston is undergoing a second round of cancer treatments. Pictured, from left: Sarah Wilhide, Conner Wilhide, Jade Erazo, and Hailee Banks.

A recurrence of cancer has brought back the prayer warriors and supporters of Weston Rock and his family. The tot is undergoing treatment at Hershey Medical Center for a tumor in his temple.

The son of Dave and Becky (Angle) Rock, he was diagnosed at 10 months with a rare and aggressive tumor in his thigh. The Facebook page Wishes for Weston tracked his progress, and on June 19, 2015, a post celebrated his nine months of cancer-free status.

By early July he was back in the hospital, undergoing surgeries and other medical procedures.

Friends are rallying behind the boy. Several young people, who are siblings and cousins, opened a lemonade stand at CVS Drug Store on July 21, accepting donations for the Rocks. They hoped to match the $500 proceeds from last year’s sale.

“He’s a little two-year-old, and he had cancer,” explained Conner Wilhide, 7. “He got better. Then it came back.”

Sarah Wilhide, 12, said their parents and Weston’s parents knew each other, and the kids kept up with the news on Facebook.

“We saw he was getting his cancer back and we wanted to help,” said Hailee Banks, 18.

Word about the one-day event spread through social media, and customers to CVS noticed the tent off to the side. Some people who approached the group were aware of the situation, and others were curious.

“They ask for his story - who is this little boy and what does he have,” said Jade Erazo, 10.

“People who know him donate more,” added Hailee.

A fund has also been established at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/44y3 under Wishes for Weston. The goal is to relieve the financial burden as the parents miss work, and make many trips to Hershey during this second battle.