Hundreds to help fight childhood cancer by serving lemonade in Kansas City region

Shoppers at HyVee, 4000 W. Sixth St., were served cold cups of lemonade courtesy of the seventh annual Alex's Lemonade Stand in 2011.

Shoppers at HyVee, 4000 W. Sixth St., were served cold cups of lemonade courtesy of the seventh annual Alex's Lemonade Stand in 2011. by Kevin Anderson

More than 700 volunteers will continue the legacy of Alexandra “Alex” Scott by having a lemonade stand from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hy-Vee stores in the Kansas City region, including the Lawrence store at 4000 W. Sixth St.

Twelve years ago, 4-year-old Alex, who was fighting cancer, decided to raise money for research by having a lemonade stand. She raised a remarkable $2,000.

News about her efforts spread, and people began having their own lemonade stands, donating the proceeds to Alex and her cause. She continued to have annual lemonade stands until she died at age 8. She had raised more than $1 million for childhood cancer research.

Her work continues through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which has raised more than $50 million.

In seven years, the Kansas City region has raised $600,000 through its lemonade stands and it has funded grants at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas University Medical Center and the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Tagged: childhood cancer, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

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