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Lemonade stands sweeten funding for cancer research

KU football players, from right, Mike Rivera, from right, James Holt and Joe Mortensen pose for a picture with cancer survivors Friday at Alex's Lemonade Stand at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is an organization focused on raising money to fight children's cancer. The children, from right, are Lane Cunningham, 2, Isaac Greenly, 5, and Carson Toews, 4. On the left, Kristi Toews, Carson's mother, giggles at the children as Kara Cunningham takes a picture.

KU football players, from right, Mike Rivera, from right, James Holt and Joe Mortensen pose for a picture with cancer survivors Friday at Alex's Lemonade Stand at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is an organization focused on raising money to fight children's cancer. The children, from right, are Lane Cunningham, 2, Isaac Greenly, 5, and Carson Toews, 4. On the left, Kristi Toews, Carson's mother, giggles at the children as Kara Cunningham takes a picture.

June 7, 2008

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Lemonade stands go up for cancer

Lemonade stands went up across the country on Friday to raise money for cancer research. Enlarge video

Lemonade Stands

There will be Alex's Lemonade Stands at both Lawrence Hy-Vee locations, 3504 Clinton Parkway and 4000 W. Sixth St. The stands will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Across the country Friday, volunteers set up lemonade stands outside Hy-Vee stores to help raise money for children's cancer research.

Lawrence was involved in the effort to raise at least $85,000 in the greater Kansas City area through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The foundation began with one 4-year-old girl, Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who battled cancer. She started a neighborhood stand to help her doctors raise money to help other children diagnosed with cancer.

Alex died four years later but the foundation has continued her efforts. Nationally, more than $18 million has been raised through the lemonade stands.

At Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St., one mother was happy to volunteer because she knows how fortunate cancer research can be for children.

Amanda Faulkner's 8-year-old son, Christian, has cancer that went into remission six months ago. Since he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2005, she said they have been involved with cancer events such as the lemonade stand and Relay for Life.

"Every June I always think, 'Oh God', what could our life be like without him?' He literally came on death's door," Faulkner said. "He could have closed his eyes and not woke up, and looking back on that it breaks my heart thinking about that, but I'm thankful he's here and he's winning his battle.

"There are other kids who aren't necessarily so fortunate, they're not winning their battle and they need our help to fund the research to save their lives."

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