Kids continue Alex's Lemonade tradition

June 7, 2008 9:03:57 PM PDT
Today's hot weather was perfect for a cool sip of some lemonade and that's exactly what dozens of children were doing in Lower Merion at the original Alex's Lemonade Stand. Roland Johnson and his fellow kindergarteners took turns manning the lemonade stand at Penn Wynne Elementary School and they understood exactly where the money they were raising would go.

"To the hospital for people who have cancer," Roland said.

Kids played a central role at the original Alex's Lemonade Stand at Penn Wynne today. That was appropriate, since the charity that has already raised close to 20-million dollars for pediatric cancer research, was started by a kid.

Alex Scott had neuroblastoma. She held the first stand in her front yard when she was just 4-years-old.

Alex died in 2004. For her mom, this annual event, like lemonade, is bittersweet.

"I'm very emotional today because this of all days is a day that reminds me so much of Alex and why we're doing this, and the fact that she's not here, it's so bittersweet to see the success," Liz Scott said.

Kids ran booths where other kids could make necklaces, get their hair braided, or their faces painted, all for donations to the charity.

Seventh grader Carter Rauch chose the lemonade stand as the theme for his Bar Mitzvah.

"I had people donate money instead of giving me gifts. I raised over $3,200 and that was including the donations and the stands I held," Carter said.

Cody Wise recorded an Alex's Lemonade CD with the proceeds going to Alex's cause.

"You got it made, when you're drinking lemonade," Cody sang.

Overall, the day was a rousing success.

Even if you didn't make it to an Alex's Lemonade Stand today, you could still help out Alex's cause by donating online at