Big Rapids girls host lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research

A WORTHY CAUSE: Julia Waltz, Aspen Scott and Emily Waltz stand next to their lemonade stand, which raised money for the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The girls raised a total of $75.25 to go toward cancer research. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

A WORTHY CAUSE: Julia Waltz, Aspen Scott and Emily Waltz stand next to their lemonade stand, which raised money for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The girls raised a total of $75.25 to go toward cancer research. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

BIG RAPIDS — Even rain and clouds couldn’t put a damper on the smiles that radiated from three area girls’ faces as they sold lemonade on Saturday, raising money to help other kids.

Aspen Scott, along with Julia and Emily Waltz, set up their Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Joslin Circle, selling cookies and lemonade to fund cancer research.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a national foundation which raises money for childhood cancer. The cause was started by Alex Scott, a young girl from Pennsylvania who, while battling her own cancer, held yearly lemonade stands to benefit childhood cancer research. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.

Sadly, Alex passed away in 2004 at age 8. Alex’s family and supporters continue to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancer, collecting funds through the registered nonprofit, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Aspen’s mother, Erin, registered the stand with the nonprofit with a goal of reaching $50.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” Erin said.  “Aspen saw a post while I was going through my Facebook newsfeed and said she wanted to do a stand. We were having a garage sale this weekend, so it worked out perfectly.”

The girls surpassed their goal, raising $75.25 to send to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

“There’s been a lot of people who weren’t really interested in the lemonade at first, but then they heard what it was about and gladly contributed,” Erin said. “Many people have said, ‘Good job, girls.’ I know they’re proud of what they’ve done.”

The girls also handed out information about cancer research and pamphlets for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

“We did this to help kids like us and people were very generous,” said Julia Waltz.

For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand and how to get involved, visit alexslemonade.org.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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