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December 14, 2021

When life throws you lemons…

By SharingMayoClinic

When Lisa Ayer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015, little did she expect that a tiny, yellow candy would be the catalyst to give her hope for the future.

"I did not tolerate chemo very well. The taste alone made me sick. But then my sister told me about Lemonheads. They were a godsend," says Lisa, 58, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Lisa found that the candy did more than help her endure treatment. "It had an amazingly powerful effect on my body and mind."

To commemorate the anniversary of her cancer diagnosis – and subsequent clean bill of health after surgery, chemo and proton beam therapy – Lisa decided to pay it forward. Lisa and her daughter, Katie, delivered two dozen bags filled with Lemonheads and other goodies to Mayo Clinic's Cancer Center for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

"Hope is the greatest gift you can give someone and if it takes Lemonhead candy to help someone feel better and give them a better frame of mind, then I will do it," she says.

Tags: Cancer, lemonhead delivery, Lisa Ayer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Pancreatic Cancer

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