For nearly four years, the Roberts family has had the same routine.
They clean out their closets for a yard sale and sell lemonade at a stand to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Michaella Roberts and her granddaughters recently hosted a lemonade stand and yard sale to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood cancer research and awareness.
Children have opened lemonade stands, and others have hosted walks and sold lemonade-flavored candy to benefit the foundation.
The foundation is hoping to get more kids to host their own lemonade stands this weekend during National Lemonade Days, kicking off Friday and ending Sunday.
Residents wanting to open their own stands still have time to get involved and can visit the foundation’s website at alexslemonade.org to register their lemonade stand, yard sale or other fundraiser.
Hosting a lemonade stand to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation is easy and teaches children a valuable lesson, Roberts said.
“It’s not hard. The kids enjoy it, especially when they know about it,” she said.
Their fourth stand raised just under $500 in May. Kids will get into the cause if you tell them about it, Roberts said. Her young granddaughter emptied her piggy bank to help the foundation.
“It’s so easy for them, and I think beneficial for them, to learn that there are kids who don’t get to run, jump or play,” Roberts said.
Her granddaughters learned about Alex Scott, the namesake of the foundation, at an exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and decided that they wanted to have a lemonade stand that would help the foundation.
Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma days before her first birthday.
Years later, after a stint in the hospital, she decided to open a lemonade stand in her hometown in Connecticut, raising $2,000 for doctors to help other kids who were fighting cancer.
Lemonade stands and other fundraisers popped up around the country in support of Alex’s mission. People donated money after they read her story in magazines and saw interviews on television, her father Jay Scott said.
“She was starting to raise a lot of money,” he said.
Alex died four years after starting her first lemonade stand. Her efforts and donations from others hearing her story had raised $1 million for cancer research and awareness.
Her parents started the foundation in her name to keep the mission of childhood cancer research fresh in the public eye, Jay Scott said.
Now, years after she is gone, people still will remember her, he said.
“Losing a child is the toughest thing to go through,” Jay Scott said. “Having something like this eases the pain.”