Puckering up for a good cause

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:47

Franklin School students joined forces with children across the country to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. They set up their own Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Fourth-graders Danny Bolio, Danny Batty and Patrick Ryan work the stand. A little background In 2000, a 4-year-old cancer patient named Alexandra “Alex” Scott announced a seemingly simple idea — she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help “her doctors” find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer” on their front lawn in July of 2000. For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, she held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses and organizations, all to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. On Aug. 1, 2004, she died at the age of 8 — she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime. Her spirited determination has inspired thousands of people. Alex’s family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $25 million for childhood cancer research. Source: www.alexslemonade.org Find out more http://www.alexslemonade.org/about