by Jackie Dale
Alison Stevens is a nine-year-old girl from Reedley, California who is spending her summer raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Alison heard the story of Alex Scott (1996-2004) diagnosed at age one with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer. When she was four years old, Alex started selling lemonade to raise money for childhood cancer research. When Alex died at the tender age of eight, she had helped to raise one million dollars. The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has since raised over 55 million dollars, funding as many as 250 research projects desperately trying to find a cure for childhood cancers.
When Alison learned that people all over the country were holding lemonade sales in Alex’s honor, she also wanted to do her part to help kids fight cancer. “Alex’s story really touched me and inspired me to hold my own lemonade stand in Alex’s honor” said Alison. Alison set up her lemonade stand complete with the bright yellow “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” banner. Unsure of how well her lemonade stand would do, Alison first set her goal at $200. In only four days she achieved her first goal so she set the bar a little higher, at $500. Two weeks later, Alison has nearly reached her second goal of $500. Alison plans to operate the stand until August 1 so everyone will have ample opportunity to visit the stand and support Alison’s efforts.
Alison’s lemonade stand “Cups For a Cure”, is located at 6676 S. Buttonwillow, just north of Adams Avenue. If you can’t make it out to Alison’s lemonade stand, you still have opportunities to donate. You can donate by texting “LEMONADE E85477” to 85944 and a $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill. You can also donate (up until August 31) by visiting Alison’s web page.