Lemonade stand fights childhood cancers

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WEST JORDAN, Utah – A family who lost their son to cancer hosted a lemonade stand for the second year in a row to raise funds and awareness to fight childhood cancers.

The Hansen family lost their son Christian to neuroblastoma in 2005, and they hosted “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” Saturday in his honor. Eric Hansen said they are working to raise funds because they know full well what cancer can do to a family.

“He received treatment for 9 months, which included five chemotherapy treatments, two bone marrow transplants and 12 rounds of radiation, and so we know full well of what parents go through in this,” he said.

The lemonade stand is part of a national movement. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was named for 4-year-old cancer patient Alex Scott, who decided to run a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research in 2000.

The foundation has grown into a national movement since that time. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a three-day event that takes place in cities across the country during the first weekend in June. The money raised by the stands go toward childhood cancer research and to help families in need.

For more information, visit the foundation’s website.