So many lessons learned from lemonade. On a hot and humid Tuesday morning, Ms. Susie Ebert’s Wee Angels school-age class of kindergarten and first graders set up a tent and banner, hung balloons, and poured ice-cold refreshments for the 3rd annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Held in front of the school’s location at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, the fresh lemonade was a big hit for passers-by hoping to beat the heat. The students did a great job announcing “LEMONADE 25 cents” to all within earshot. Students shared how they learned the money was to fight child cancers. If you donated 25 cents you received a drink and a special sticker. In addition to fellow teacher Carol Rion, Grandparents Susan and Doug Rosen also joined the group to purchase some lemonade and visit their granddaughter, Samantha. Even Pastor Dawson and Administrative Assistant Janet Moore took a short break from the workday to make donations and grab some cool lemonade.
In 2000, Alexandra “Alex” Scott was four years old and had already been battling neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, for over three years. Following a stem cell transplant, Alex announced she wanted to start a lemonade stand to help others the way she had been helped. Alex and her brothers raised $2000 that first year. They continued for four more years and news began to spread about Alex’s brave and generous endeavor. When Alex died at the age of 8, she and dedicated people around the world had already raised over $1 million dollars to help find a cure for pediatric cancers. In two short, but very hot, hours the Wee Angels raised $120 to be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.