HERMITAGE – Two young sisters from Hermitage will continue their annual efforts to help battle childhood cancer by hosting their ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Sisters Hannah and Brooklyn Beighley will man their stand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2950 Morefield Road, Hermitage.
The girls were inspired to get involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation after hearing about Alexandra “Alex” Scott. After finding out how easy it was to get involved, they decided to hold a lemonade stand of their own in 2011.
Hannah, an eighth-grader at Hickory High School, and Brooklyn, a fourth-grade student at Ionta Elementary School, have raised, with the support of the community, more than $30,000 since 2011.
Childhood cancer hits close to home for the girls; their mother is a survivor of childhood cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front-yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alex, who died in 2004 at the age of 8. In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that 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 volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $40 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding more than 150 research projects nationally.
TO MAKE a donation online to the girls’ lemonade stand, visit www.alexslemonade.org and reference stand ID# E1651809.