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Six-year-old Nicholas Tyler White sells lemonade at a stand in Athens in front of Tortillas Blanco on Market Street on Friday. He was having a big day until a thunderstorm cut short his sales prospects.
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Six-year-old Nicholas Tyler White sells lemonade at a stand in Athens in front of Tortillas Blanco on Market Street on Friday. He was having a big day until a thunderstorm cut short his sales prospects.

Athens hosts Lemonade
Days for cancer

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

ATHENS — The concoction known as lemonade can quench someone's thirst on a hot day and tickle the taste buds with sweet and sour savors.

It can also be an inspiration to a sick 4-year-old girl.

It can also battle cancer.

On Friday and Saturday, volunteers sold lemonade in Athens and across the country as part of Lemonade Days.

The annual event started in 4-year-old Alexandra "Alex" Scott's front yard in Pennsylvania. Alex and her brother operated a lemonade stand to raise money to find a cure for cancer, a disease Alex was fighting.

That idea evolved into Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The organization has raised more than $10 million for cancer research through nationwide lemonade sales.

In downtown Athens Friday, Christy Richardson and her three children, Julie, 9, Madelyn, 5, and Leela, 8 months, and her twin sisters, Brittany and Whitney Traylor, operated a stand.

"The money goes to such a good cause," Richardson said. "I have three daughters, and if one of my children had cancer, I would want somebody to be fighting for a cure."

Richardson, of Rogersville, is friends with Mark and April White, owners of Tortillas Blanco on the square. Mark White heard about the foundation and offered his store as the site for a stand. Richardson home schools her children and agreed to help and teach them about charity and cancer.

"Charity means we're going to give this money to other people," Madelyn explained while peering over the stand.

"We're going to give the money to hospitals for kids with cancer so they can take care of them," Julie added.

The humidity Friday attracted customers who often gave more than the price for a cup.

"Just keep the change," one man said as he stuffed a $5 bill into the fish bowl holding the proceeds.

Alex, who died at age 8, didn't live long enough to see scientists find a cure. But she did live long enough to offer hope to others.

"Can you imagine what the one little girl did during her short life?" Richardson asked. "I want my children to know they can make a difference, too."

Lemonade Days continue Saturday nationwide to raise money for cancer research.

A lemonade stand will operate in Athens from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tortilla’s Blanco, 113 W. Market St.

Cost is $2 for a 16-ounce cup or $1 for an 8-ounce cup. Bracelets also are available for $3.

Online: www.alexslemonade.org.

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