Cancer-fighting lemonade

Filed under: Teens, Activities: Babies, Medical Conditions

A fancy glass of lemonadeLots of kids put up lemonade stands to bring in a few dollars for summer fun; it's almost an American tradition. Instead of a trip to an amusement park, a new bike, or even a college education, however, a thirteen-year-old girl in Wisconsin brought in well over a thousand dollars to help fight childhood cancer.

Sidney Ross's fundraising efforts were made in support of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit inspired by a young cancer patient who wanted to help fight cancer. Alex set up a lemonade stand and, by the time she died at the tender age of eight, had raised over a million dollars for cancer research. Meanwhile, other kids all around the country have followed her example and together have raised more than twenty million dollars.

This is the second year Sidney Ross has participated in the fundraising effort and does so in memory of a young neighbor who died of cancer. Sidney was four years old when the girl died. "I just remember always seeing her," she says. As for the fundraising, "there is not a whole lot we can do as kids," Sidney says, "but if we all do something small it can add up." I'd have to say that what she has done is anything but small. Kudos to Sidney!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.