There will be some special guests at Elkins Fordland today when the community is invited to join in as the children of the staff host the first Alex's Lemonade Stand event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott. As a baby, Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. While persevering through many struggles that the disease had thrown at her, shortly after she turned 4, she decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research. The lemonade stand ended up earning $2,000. Scott and her family continued to raise money, while she was fighting her own cancer battle.
According to the ALSF's official website, "In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of eight, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life." To date, the ALSF has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex's dream of finding a cure.
Sam Bradley, who works at Elkins Fordland and helped to arrange today's event, said that she has been wanting to get involved with the foundation for a while now, and this was a great opportunity to get the community, particularly children, involved.
"The foundation wants to give kids a source of outreach," Bradley said. "And kids can be so excited about making a difference."
Bradley explained that the foundation had caught her interest for some time, and that its accomplishments are remarkable.
"It just goes to show you that when people pull together, we can help make a difference," Bradley said.
Elkins Fordland is excited to sponsor the event, and encourages everyone in the community to come and check it out.
"We thought it would be good to get involved because we are always looking for ways to help the community and nonprofit charities," said Jim Jackson, owner of Elkins Fordland. "And it's such a great cause."
For more information on the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, check out www.alexslemonade.org.