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Alex's Lemonade Stand contributes to kids' cancer fight

by jmaloni
Fri, Aug 9th 2013 07:00 am

In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, the Berg family, will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6996 Lakeside Drive, Wheatfield.

This will be the Berg's second annual lemonade stand to support Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, held in honor of their now 6-year-old daughter, Natalie, who is a childhood cancer survivor. When Natalie was just 21 months old, she was diagnosed with a form of cancer called embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. Natalie underwent 42 weeks of chemotherapy, 17 radiation treatments, and five surgeries and is now approaching the six-month scans to see if she is still cancer free.

The family will sell lemonade and baked goods for $1 and also will raffle off a one-day Bounce House rental, donated by Million Grins Entertainment party rentals.

In addition to this event, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is preparing to "go the distance" this September to raise the profile of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Launching the Million Mile Run, the foundation will enlist the support of volunteers across the country to collectively walk or run 1 million miles throughout the month in an effort to raise awareness. For more information, go to www.MillionMileRun.org.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

To date, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c) 3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex's dream of finding a cure, funding more than 300 research projects nationally.

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