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Updated 10/7/2012 9:17 p.m: The Fricke family has confirmed that the lemonade stand raised $1500.

MURPHY (CBSDFW.COM) - At the Fricke home in Murphy, the lemonade mix is ready to go.

Melanie Fricke says it just needs a little bit of stirring and fresh slices of lemons.

The family is getting ready for their annual Cutler’s Lemonade Stand.

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(credit: Fricke family)

They say there isn’t anything special about the lemonade itself.  But they hope Cutler’s story reaches as many people as possible.

“You’re a survivor,” says Melanie to her 3 and half year old son.

His sweet reply is quick and cheerful, “Yay! I’m a survivor,” says Cutler. “I’m a survivor.”

Cutler was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia, when he was just 6 months old.

Before his diagnosis, his parents say they first noticed Cutler was congested.  Then, red lesions started popping up on his body and scalp.

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(credit: Fricke family)

Since then, Cutler had at least ten surgeries including a bone marrow transplant.

His family says the cord blood, which was donated by a stranger, saved his life.

“Knocks you down,” says dad Aaron Fricke. “The worst pain is your own child’s pain. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, seeing your child go through that pain is devastating.”

Cutler was in the hospital in Dallas for six months.

cutler hospital Cancer Survivors Lemonade Stand Helps Other Kids

(credit: Fricke family)

“He was able to be home for his one year birthday and has been cancer free — in remission — that whole time,” says Melanie.

His mom remembers how hard it was to be with him and take care of their older son Mason.

“It was challenging to say the least,” explains Melanie “We were trying to keep everything normal for Mason who was 4 years old at the time.”

After Cutler’s diagnosis, his family decided to help other kids with leukemia.

They put up a lemonade stand in front of their home.

The first year, they raised $160.

Last year, it was close to a thousand.

The family donates all the money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s through its “Light The Night Walk” fundraiser. Click here to learn more about Team Cutler.

According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, in 1964 a child’s chance of surviving ALL, the most common form of childhood leukemia was 3 percent. Now it’s 90 percent.

The Fricke’s family in Illinois is also holding a fundraiser.

There is no price for a glass of Cutler’s lemonade.

The family just hopes for a big turnout and prays for a cure in their little one’s lifetime.

Cutler’s lemonade stand is open Saturday, October 6, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Whisperfield Drive in Murphy.

There will be a bounce house, cookies, chips, and of course Cutler’s Lemonade.

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