Lemonade Stand for a good cause. After learning the concept of “giving back” this summer, Westchester residents Connor (6), Emma (6) and Max (4) will be holding a lemonade stand benefiting Alex’ Lemonade Stand Foundation in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The children have chosen Benjamin Gillman as their hero, a five-year-old twin who is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The lemonade stand will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8001 Handley Ave. in Westchester. There will also be a bake sale, raffle, face painting, balloon animals and a live band. The goal is to raise $5,000 for the non-profit. Donations can also be made at alexslemonade.org/mypage/1117612.
Alex’s Lemonade Foundation was founded by Alexandra “Alex” Scott on the simple concept of children holding lemonade stands to raise money for charity.
In the year 2000, when Alex was just 4-years-old and battling neuroblastoma, she told her parents that she wanted to have a lemonade stand in her front yard and surprised everyone by wanting to donate the money to her doctors to help fund the cure for childhood cancers.
Alex continued to hold yearly lemonade stands as she battled cancer and her story inspired others to hold similar fundraisers of their own. In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure. Since then, more than $80 million has been raised for childhood cancer research through the foundation.