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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2007

Child’s inspiration through lemonade comes to Athens

By Holly Hollman · 340-2445

ATHENS — Lemonade stands are a slice of Americana.

Neighborhoods are used to seeing children hawking the drink under crudely made signs like “25 cents for a glass” spelled in magic marker.

Who knew the practice could become a movement?

A 4-year-old girl from Pennsylvania.

In 2000, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was battling cancer, operated a lemonade stand with her brother in the family’s front yard. They wanted to raise money for her doctors to find a cure.

The two then dreamt beyond their front yard. They spurred a movement called Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where people across the country raise money by selling glasses of lemonade.

Alex died from cancer at age 8, but her idea became the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation that has raised more than $10 million for cancer research.

Her movement will come to Athens on June 8-9 when home-school students and other children will sell lemonade at Tortillas Blanco at 113 W. Market St.

Restaurant owner Mark White said he heard about Alex’s story and thought this would be a unique opportunity for local children to do a community project. White’s restaurant will make the lemonade for the children to sell.

The stand will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Athens is among three sites in the state registered to participate in the foundation’s annual Lemonade Days.

The foundation estimates this year’s event will draw 10,000 volunteers working at more than 1,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands nationwide, and will raise about $1 million.

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