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Girls' snack-stand proceeds honor aunt, benefit brain cancer research

Sophia and Danielle DeTuncq donated the money they raised to brain cancer research in memory of their aunt. (Photo courtesy of Brooks DeTuncq)

Following Leslie Ann Long’s death from brain cancer in May 2008, her nieces Sophia and Danielle DeTuncq — 7 and 8 years old, respectively — struggled to find a way to do something in her memory.

Last May, the sisters set up their usual snack stand for participants of the Animal Humane Society’s annual Walk for Animals outside of their grandmother’s house in Golden Valley. In past years, their Aunt Leslie had joined them to watch the pets and owners parade by, so this year, they donated their $135 in proceeds to brain cancer research at the University of Minnesota in her honor.

Their grandmother, Ann DeTuncq, says she’s proud of her granddaughters and their tribute to her daughter. “They worked so hard,” she says. “They’re great kids.”

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