On Saturday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time, a lemonade stand will raise money for childhood cancer research at Daniel’s Drive Inn at 210 US-29 in Valley. The fundraiser is being run through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. An event description written by event organizer Makenzie Hadaway says she lost one of her close friends, Meagan Bonner, to childhood cancer at the age of 11. She named her daughter, who was born the day Bonner died, after her childhood friend.
“It’s easy to scroll through posts about children with cancer,” Makenzie wrote. “It’s too hard to watch. But we need to draw attention to this disease. Only 4% of federal funding for cancer research goes to the study of childhood cancer. Of the 34 FDA-approved cancer treatments, only two of these drugs are approved to specifically treat children with cancer.”
Makenzie wrote that only 4% of the national cancer research budget is for childhood cancer.
“Only lemonade is” sold,” Makenzie said in an interview. “We don’t charge a fixed price; we only ask a donation in exchange for a cup of lemonade. But everyone should also go get a burger from Daniel’s when they get there.”
Makenzie said she’s holding the lemonade stand on September 25 because September is the month to prevent childhood cancer.
“I wanted to have enough time to plan the event, but still be able to have it in September,” she said.
The booth is run by Makenzie Hadaway; her mother, Lisa Maulden Hadaway; her sister-in-law, Karlee Oliver Hadaway; her boyfriend, Karlee Beasley; and others.
“Meagan Bonner’s cousin, Sami Jo Walker, is coming,” Makenzie said. “My grandmother, Diane Freeman, and boyfriend, Dakota Buice, are coming. We really hope lots of kids show up so they can help us hand out lemonade too. The more the merrier.”
Makenzie also said her cousin, Lindsey Doughman, and boyfriend, Trent Humphrey, will help. The group’s goal of raising money is $1,000. To donate online, go to https://www.alexslemonade.org and search for E2686469. Click on the result and click Donate.
“I just want everyone to know that yes, it’s hard to think about children with cancer,” Makenzie said. “But please don’t look away and get sad. Get involved.”