Wynn Volvo hosted Alex's Lemonade Stand at the King of Prussia Mall Sunday and a Drive for Life Saturday and Monday.

Alexandra "Alex" Scott passed away in August at age eight after a battle with neuroblastoma. During her life, she started a lemonade stand to raise money for "kids who have cancer like me." The stands raise money for pediatric cancer research. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the benefactors from the Philadelphia region.

The display outside of Bloomingdale's in The Court Sunday had two lemonade stands, tables with brochures and information and a Volvo.

The donation jars were filled to the brim with wads of $1s, $5s and more. Some loose change and checks were also in the mix, including one made out for $300.

"We've had pretty steady traffic," Wynn Volvo Sales Manager Tom Mitchell said.

Minute Maid pink, yellow and diet lemonade cans were available, donated by Coca Cola. Volvo for Life butterfly pins were also distributed to donators for their contributions. However, many people stopped to give donations without accepting the lemonade nor the pin.

"It's incredible how generous people are," Kathy Mitchell said. "Some people just want to give a donation."

"Tom picked a good weekend to do this," Sandy Mason-Bealer, of Volvo, said. "And we had a great response yesterday (Saturday) for the Drive for Life."

After contributing without even knowing the cause, Faith Ku said, "It's nice to do something, even a small gesture."

Charlie Pannish, of Charlie's Barber and Stylist in Phoenixville, attended the lemonade stands to show support for the cause and to donate $100.

"I think it's great and for a really good cause," Pannish said. "It's really needed. A number of kids out there have problems."

Pannish's granddaughter, Alyssa Morgan Pannish also suffers from neuroblastoma.

"It had to be very hard for them (the Scotts) to have their little girl sick for eight years," said Pannish.

Special to Sunday's event was the presence of Alex's parents, Jay and Liz Scott.

The Scotts attend events and lemonade stands every weekend. Before the King of Prussia event, they were at a similar Volvo lemonade stand at the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, NJ. The Oxford Valley Mall also held such an occasion.

"It was a great success, a good weekend," said Jim McDonough, Volvo Philadelphia Market Manager.

Angie and Robert Waibel purchased a copy of "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand," which the Scotts co-authored with their daughter.

Angie Waibel described Scott's story as "very inspirational," after having her book autographed.

"It's hard to express; it's just unbelievable to have support from a big company like Volvo putting their effort in," Liz Scott said. "What they put into it and how much they care, it's really special."

"This weekend is especially very important to us. Volvo promised Alex, before she died, they'd help her make her goal of $1 million," said Scott. "They're closed on Sundays and didn't want to lose a day of lemonade stands so they came here. It's a reflection of how spectacular they've been."

"It amazes us how committed other people are to continue Alex's cause and legacy," said Jay Scott. "Volvo has gotten behind this full force."

The Scotts said they have good days and bad days since their daughter's recent death, but keep busy with Alex's Lemonade Stand and sons Eddie, Patrick and Joey.

For more information on Alex's Lemonade Stand or to make a donation, call 215-563-6417; check out www.AlexsLemonade.com or write to Alex's Lemonade Stand, 333 Lancaster Avenue, #414, Wynnewood, Pa. 19096.

Wynn Volvo Drive for Life for Alex continues Monday, along with hundreds of other Volvo retailers. Eight models will be specially marked with decals for test drives. Wynn will also be holding another lemonade stand at 2049 West Main Street in West Norriton.

"For every test drive, there will be $10 donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand by Wynn Volvo," said Mitchell.

Sunday's efforts netted $1,736.48 towards the $1 million goal.

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