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Money for charity stolen from pumpkin stand

Pittsford, N.Y. - Stacey Bolger started his fruit and vegetable stand when he was in second grade as a class project.

The now-22 year old said it was a good way to make money and learn how to run a business.

Bolger started it back up again this year, but changed the focus of his stand after learning his father's cancer had returned.

Now it's a Stand Against Cancer. And all of the money will go to the Wilmot Cancer Center.

But Bolger no longer operates it on the honor system. Two days ago someone stole the coffee can containing some of the donations.

Now there's a lockbox near the pumpkin stand. Bolger didn't want to do this, but said he has no choice.

"When it's something like a charity, it hits right here," Bolger said, pointing to his heart. "It's not robbing a person, it is stealing the heart and soul of something bigger than oneself."

Bolger said about $50 to $75 was stolen, but he hopes somehow to get it back, either through increased donations or perhaps a change of heart from the person who took it.

He has collected about $3,000 and hopes to present it to the Wilmot Cancer Center around Halloween.

Right now he's focused on running the stand and helping his father who will start treatments for lymphoma in a few weeks.

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Washington Times