TOPEKA, Kan. -- Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the largest lemonade stand in the history of Kansas City region, raises money for childhood cancer research.
Local volunteers join the national effort to fight childhood cancer one cup of lemonade at a time. Kansas City regional area’s support has been recognized by the national Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation as one of the largest efforts in the country.
Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Hy-Vee stores throughout Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and St. Joseph will host the lemonade stands.
In 2001, after hearing about Alex Scott’s efforts to raise money for childhood cancer, Kansas Citian Jacob Mozer, a 7-year-old in remission from cancer, wanted to do the same. Jacob had his first lemonade stand that year at his neighborhood Hy-Vee store in Blue Springs, Mo.
Jacob’s effort expanded and now includes more than 600 volunteers participating in lemonade stands at all HyVee stores in greater Kansas City, St. Joseph, Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan.
The regional effort has raised more than $600,000 for pediatric cancer research. It has funded grants at Children’s Mercy, The University of Kansas Medical Center and Stower’s Institute.
Pediatric cancer challenges our community. Each year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. This is the equivalent of two school classrooms each school day.
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.