Cicero The lemonade stand is a hallmark of childhood: that first symbol of entrepreneurial spirit, countless stands spring up on neighborhood corners in the summer, with signs in messy scrawl proclaiming the price of homemade goodies generally sold so that their makers can invest in a new bike or video game.
But this weekend in Cicero, the lemonade and cookies sold by 8-year-old Madison King, 6-year-old Nadia Greco and 8-year-old Owen Greco won’t fund a new toy. Instead, all of the proceeds — a total of $1,257.08 with a $100 match from Carrier Corp. — will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity dedicated to pediatric cancer research.
“They had heard about Alex’s Lemonade Stand from years ago,” said Lisa King, Madison’s mother. “We had hosted a fundraiser in the past [with a Mommy and Me group]. I had explained to them what it was all about, and they thought it was a great idea. They decided to pool all of their funds and get some lemonade mix and make some cookies and donate them to the stand. They’re very excited to be able to help children their own age.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation began in 2004, the legacy of Alexandra “Alex” Scott. Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma shortly before her first birthday and defied doctors’ predictions that she’d likely never walk. She underwent rigorous treatment and, the day after her 4th birthday in 2000, told her mother, “When I get out of the hospital, I want to have a lemonade stand [to] help kids like me.”
With the help of her older brother, Alex put together a lemonade stand and managed to raise $2,000 for pediatric cancer research. She continued the fundraisers every year, despite the fact that she was continuing to battle her own disease. Her story spread, inspiring others to contribute to the cause; people across the nation held lemonade stands and contributed money to Liz and Jay Scott’s little girl’s charity.