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Local five-year-old offers lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer this Saturday

Jeremiah and Brandy Rutkowski hold a banner for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation up in front of 12 Mill St. in Morrisville, the location of the lemonade stand they plan to offer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 16, in an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Jeremiah and Brandy Rutkowski hold a banner for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation up in front of 12 Mill St. in Morrisville, the location of the lemonade stand they plan to offer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 16, in an effort to raise money for childhood cancer research.

— Five-year-old Morrisville resident Jeremiah Rutkowski was in the grocery store recently when he saw a little girl with no hair. Wondering why she decided to be hairless, he asked his mother, Brandy Rutkowski, about it. Brandy explained that the girl probably had cancer and that the medicine she has to take for the cancer makes her body weak and her hair fall out.

When Jeremiah heard this, he wanted to help.

The Rutkowskis decided to open a lemonade stand at their house on Route 20 in Morrisville this Saturday, Aug 16, in hopes that people who go to the Madison Bouckville Antique Show will stop by for a cup of lemonade and a snack of zucchini bread and/or lemon cupcake, and help Jeremiah in his quest to raise $300 for childhood cancer research.

“If we catch some of that traffic, we’ll probably get lemonade to them. If they’re in a traffic jam, they probably want lemonade,” Jeremiah said.

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Jeremiah Rutkowski's lemonade stand to raise funds for childhood cancer research will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 16, at 12 Mill St. in Morrisville (right behind the Copper Turret restaurant). For sale will be glasses of lemonade, zucchini bread and lemon cupcakes. Prices are whatever customers want to pay. All proceeds go toward Jeremiah’s goal of raising $300 for cancer research.

Jeremiah has always been keen on helping people in need. He has brought cat food to the animal shelter and now is extremely excited about the lemonade stand, counting down the days until it opens, Brandy said.

“Most kids are in their own little world, but Jeremiah is really enthusiastic about helping out and helping others,” she said. “I'm going to push that for as long as I can.”

Jeremiah’s lemonade stand will be a part of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization started in 2000, when four year old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a cancer patient, decided to open a lemonade stand in order to raise money for childhood cancer. With the assistance of her older brother, the lemonade stand raised $2,000 in one day. Scott set up the lemonade stand annually until she passed away in 2004 at the age of eight. Scott inspired other children to start lemonade stands for the funding of childhood research.

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