Once again, my son has asked if he can hold a lemonade stand. He loves lemonade and hosting a stand. He first became interested in doing it when he was four and had seen an episode of Curious George about holding a lemonade stand. Then, last year when he expressed interest in doing it again I introduced him to the idea of hosting one to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise money to help with research to find cures for childhood cancer. I luckily had a connection to the Foundation and got some great info about it at the Philly Mom Mixer last spring. I was able to easily set up a fundraising page for our lemonade stand and spread the word. We raised $148 last year selling lemonade in our driveway and with some online donations as well!
This year my son is hosting a lemonade stand again to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand on the weekend of National Lemonade Days, in just one week. He is very excited to be hosting again. He has his kit and I even was able to purchase an official Alex's Lemonade Stand t-shirt for him to wear. We are hoping to have great weather next Saturday for our stand. The cool thing about hosting a stand is that friends and family who can't make it to the actual stand can donate online via our personal fundraising page. It's a great cause and every dollar really does help out. A friend of mine works for the foundation and through her I've learned about how the money is used to fund the researchers who are working to find a cure for the many types of cancer that affect children.
This year is the tenth anniversary of Alex Scott challenging the nation to join her in raising money for finding a cure for childhood cancer. Ten years ago she started National Lemonade Days to be held one weekend every June to encourage people across America to host a lemonade stand. The weeks leading up to Lemonade Days, we read the book about Alex and her lemonade stand. In our lemonade stand kit, we received a copy of the book. It is a great way to introduce the reason why we hold the lemonade stand and to gently explain what cancer is. This year we received another copy of the book, so we will be donating that copy to my son's elementary school library.
If you can't make it to my son's stand to buy a cup of lemonade next Saturday, please consider making a donation online at his donation page. Every dollar counts! Thanks so much!