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06/10/05

"Alex's Lemonade Stand" to Raise Money for Cancer Research

It's pretty hot outside right now. So how does a nice cool glass of lemonade sound? Not only will it make you feel better, we found out how it could help children suffering from cancer feel better, too. The money raised at Alex's Lemonade Stand goes toward cancer research.

"It feels very nice to actually help people around the world," said nine-year-old Astrid Goeller, one of thousands inspired by a little girl named Alex Scott.

Alex had cancer and wanted to raise money to help find a cure. Selling lemonade, she set a goal of $1 million and succeeded. Then set her sights higher. Her new goal? $5 million.

Sadly, Alex lost her battle with cancer in November of 2004 before she reach that goal.

Now others across the country, including Savannah, are carrying on her mission. That's why Astrid, her grandmother, and several others created their own lemonade stand in Alex's honor.

Patricia Bohannon owns the shop where Alex's Lemonade Stand is set up. She never met little Alex, but feels a personal connection. "I was diagnosed with cancer back in 1992. I had to lose my breast, but that's okay, right? I'm still here."

Still here and still fighting for a cure. And she's not alone. She has a handful of friends by her side.

"I think we should raise money for the children who have cancer," said Astrid.

And they all like to think Alex is here too, in spirit.

Alex's Lemonade Stand closes up at 5pm today and will reopen Saturday at 10am. They'll wrap things up at 3pm.

If you'd like to buy some lemonade, just head to the Children's Corner on DeRenne Avenue. The lemonade is actually free, but they are asking for a small donation.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, ddenmark@wtoc.com

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