Palmerton 8-year-old fights kids' cancer with lemonade
In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, 8-year-old Palmerton resident Tyler Hager will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Thursday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 2 at Hager Furniture Company, 242 Delaware Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tyler, a student at SS Palmer Elementary School, decided to host a lemonade stand to help raise money for pediatric cancers. He learned about Alex's Lemonade Stand from his family and wanted to join the cause. He is holding the stand in memory of Cameron Zelienka, a 6-year-old girl who lost her life to a brain tumor last year. Cameron's dad works for Tyler's dad at Hager Furniture Company.
Along with selling lemonade, Tyler plans to have a bake sale and a drawing. Tyler's original goal was to raise $200 for ALSF, but he has since raised the bar even higher to $500.
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: MillionMileRun.org.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004). 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 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 over 300 research projects nationally.