Making a Difference: Alex's Lemonade Stand


You may not know the name Alexandra Scott but no doubt you know her legacy, "Alex's Lemonade Stand."

The 8-year-old passed away from cancer 13 years ago, but not before raising more than $1 million with her idea. And now companies across the country continue to raise money for childhood cancer research.

CBS21's Sherry Christian shows us how you can help several local businesses make a difference this month with "22 Days of Lemonade."

It starts with the set up, everything you need for a lemonade stand and more, much much more.

"Raise awareness of childhood cancer and to help fund research," says Tim Watson, owner of Watson Supply.

That's right, Alex's Lemonade Stand has set up shop in Dauphin County. Each weekday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the month of June, the stand that raises money for childhood cancer research will be at the Simply Turkey & More restaurant on Front Street in Harrisburg.

"I just became a father recently and I know what it means to want to have a healthy child and with Simply Turkey being such a staple in the community, I felt it was such a great opportunity to give back a little bit," says John Henning, Owner of the Front Street Simply Turkey.

Henning partnered with Northwestern Mutual Mechanicsburg, which already has a national partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand and "22 Days of Lemonade" was produced.

Northwestern Mutual is taking it a step further by matching every dollar up to $10,000.

"We want to have the biggest impact that we can and we want to beat childhood cancer so it's the least we can do to support in that way and match all the donations that the community is offering," says Nikki Nelson, NWM Special Events Coordinator.

"By giving a 50 dollar donation, it funds an hour worth of research," says Henning.

On day two, when we caught up with Alex's Lemonade Stand it was Watson Supply Day. They wasted no time taking advantage of the match.

"On behalf of myself and my company, we are going to donate $500 to Alex's Lemonade Stand," said Watson.

There was also a Ford Mustang on display, promoting the stand.

Maguire's Ford Duncannon, offered up this beauty to support Alex's Lemonade Stand. You wouldn't think they would want the word "lemon" associated with this. But, that just goes to show how so many companies jumped at the chance to support such a good cause.

"I had nothing to do with this this is all Maguire’s Ford Duncannon, it's a beautiful car and some real American muscle to help battle childhood cancer," says Henning.

And it doesn't get any better than kids helping other kids by simply enjoying a childhood past time.

You can join CBS21 for our day of hosting Alex's Lemonade Stand on June 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sherry, Steve, Al, Robb, Lara and Tom at the Simply Turkey & More restaurant on Front Street in Harrisburg. There will be superheroes there for you to take selfies with and a dunk tank.

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