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Making lemonade for childhood cancer

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Life hasn’t given Jessica Carter, 11, a student at K-12 Virtual Academy too many lemons.

But that didn’t keep her with a little help from her mother, Lorla Carter, from making over 27 gallons of lemonade for an Alex’s Lemonade stand at Old Timers Day to collect money for childhood cancer.

“Strawberry is our best flavor,” Carter said. “All of them are sugar free.”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand was started by cancer victim Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, the then 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. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $55 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 250 research projects nationally.

Carter and her mother started cutting lemons for the stand early Saturday morning.

By midday, the family had collected upwards of $150 for the charity.

Carter found the program through her online studies.

“Right away, I knew I wanted to do it,” she said.