Phoenixville family to host Alex's Lemonade stand this weekend

PHOENIXVILLE —In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, Phoenixville residents will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 8a.m. to 12:30p.m., on Stewart’s Court in the Charlestown Hunt Community.

Lisa Ray’s 5-year-old son, Jared, first heard the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott when he was 5-years-old. He was immediately inspired and asked if he could contribute to the fight against childhood cancer by setting up his own front yard lemonade stand. Lisa thought it was a wonderful idea, but with three young children at home, and as a part time RN on an oncology floor, the family was not able to host the stand right away. Her son didn’t give up, and they finally hosted a lemonade stand and loved it. This will be the family’s 5th year hosting a lemonade stand.

In addition to this event, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is gearing up for National Lemonade Days (June 7 to 9), when thousands of volunteers across the country will host lemonade stands to help raise $1 million for the kids’ cancer fight. In 2013, chefs and moms Melissa d’Arabian and Alex Guarnaschelli will support the initiative by providing kid-friendly recipes and tips to volunteers who sign up to host a lemonade stand. The recipes and tips will be included in the kits that each Lemonade Days host will receive.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 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 275 research projects nationally.