Drinking Lemonade and Fighting Childhood Cancer............One Cup At A Time - OhBoyMom

Drinking Lemonade and Fighting Childhood Cancer…………One Cup At A Time

June 3, 2014 in Inspirational Stuff

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If you’ve been reading my blog over the past year, you’d know I’ve changed its focus a bit. The humor is still there (I hope), but the subject is serious — childhood cancer. That phrase went from something we thought only happened to other people’s kids to suddenly invading our family and turning our world upside down. It’s been a tough year — most especially for Little Dude, who has shown resilience, courage, and maturity way beyond his 10 years of age. About a month ago, Little Dude crossed the finish line and had his last chemo treatment – woohoo!

For anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, you know you can’t just walk away and forget about how it rattled your life. For most of us who have watched someone battle this demon — or have battled it ourselves — we want to help others once we are physically and emotionally ready. Middle Dude first expressed an interest in helping around the time Little Dude was crossing that finish line. He wanted to get involved in raising money, but didn’t quite know how.

It was also around that time that we heard about Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Not to get completely sidetracked, but it actually all started with the movie, “Just Go With It” starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. Our family loves that movie and has watched it several times. If you haven’t seen it, the story line is about Adam Sandler (a plastic surgeon) trying to impress his girlfriend (played by Brooklyn Decker), but gets caught in a lie that he is divorced. He asks Jennifer Aniston (his assistant at work) to pretend to be his ex-wife. She happens to be divorced from someone else and is a single mom to two kids, a boy and a girl played by Bailee Madison. Here’s a clip from the movie showing a negotiation between Adam Sandler and Bailee Madison on how much he’ll pay her to be his pretend daughter.

 

So, where am I going with all of this?

Middle Dude started following Bailee Madison on Twitter. Bailee is a strong supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand. See the connection now? So thank you Bailee Madison for introducing us to this wonderful cause!

And what is this cause all about?

It’s about making a meaningful difference in the battle against childhood cancer by holding an Alex’s Lemonade Stand during National Lemonade Days June 6-8, 2014. This is an annual June tradition which started ten years ago when ALSF founder Alex Scott (1996-2004) held the first lemonade stand and challenged the nation to help her raise money for pediatric cancer cures by selling one cup of lemonade at a time .  Over $1 million for childhood cancer research is raised annually through Alex’s Lemonade stands and events, which occur both during the National Lemonade Days as well as year-round.

I’m happy to say we will be participating this year and holding our own lemonade stand right here in Larchmont on Saturday, June 7th. My friend Beth, who owns the cupcake store Sweet & Social, is welcoming us to set up our stand right in front of her store. I can’t think of a better combo – cupcakes and lemonade – YUM! So, if you’re a “local,” please stop by our stand on the 7th. If you can’t make it, you can always donate online – ANY amount is always appreciated. Click HERE for the link to our fundraising page. THANK YOU!!

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Janine Huldie June 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

This is awesome and seriously love Bailee Madison myself from seeing her in a few different things now, including Trophy wife and even the movie Parental Guidance. But does sound like a great cause and so happy you guys can get to be a part of it this year.
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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Janine and yes, I had heard Bailee was great in Trophy Wife, but I haven’t seen it. Will have to add it to my “must watch” list!

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Cathy Chester June 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

That is so great, Emily, that you are taking part in Alex’s Lemonade. For the past 2 years cancer has hit my family 4 times, so I am particularly grateful to you for doing this. We have to “stand up to cancer” however we can. Good luck with your event. Take pictures and let us know how it went!

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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Thanks Cathy you are right about “standing up” to cancer in whatever way we can and yes, will definitely post pics after the event!

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Veronica June 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

Love it! See you Saturday! xo, V.

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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Awesome! xo

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Lana June 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

What a great cause! I hadn’t heard of this before – thanks for sharing. How thoughtful Middle Dude is! Good luck with you lemonade stand this weekend!
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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Thanks so much. I hadn’t heard of this particular cause either, but I’m glad we found it. :)

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Carol Cassara June 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

A new cause–I tweeted it. St. Jude’s Children’s Hosp is the beneficiary in our will. ;-)
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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Thanks so much for tweeting and I just LOVE how you are supporting St. Jude’s too. :)

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Kerri June 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I love how the idea to pay it forward came from the Dudes. I mean you totally would have anyway, but to have the Dudes be out there with an idea because of a twitter crush is just freaking awesome. I wish beautiful weather for you this Saturday and a whole lot of lemonade sold!
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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Kerri, I love how you realized this all started from a Twitter “stalking” because not everyone picked up on that. Saturday is predicted to be 80 degrees and sunny – fingers crossed that the forecast is right!

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Chris Carter June 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Oh how I wish I could be in your neck of the woods helping and drinking some good lemonade and tasting some mighty fine cupcakes!! I love love love that your kiddos have such beautiful hearts full of intention and purpose for the cause!!
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ohboymom June 3, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Thanks so much Chris – I know I have your support from a far! :)

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Ruchira June 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Gosh! this is such a wonderful cause, and it resonates with the one in our neighborhood by lucille packard of stanford where they hold bake sales with the money contributed.

I wish you only best wishes for this venture, Emily
Hugs!
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ohboymom June 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Thanks so much and I’m glad to hear there is fundraising in your neighborhood too. :)

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Kristi Campbell June 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I LOVED that movie and Middle Dude deserves a surprise of his own for wanting to get involved and thinking of this. <3
I SO wish I were there, I'd come and buy gallons. Shared, my fabulous friend. I hope this weekend is an amazing success, and that your fundraising efforts are the ones that bring us over the thisclose edge to finding earlier intervention/treatment solutions for childhood (and grownup too) cancer.
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ohboymom June 4, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this all over the place – I really appreciate it A LOT! Saturday is predicted to be sunny and hot so I’m hoping we clean up. :)

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Roshni June 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

This is awesome!! Yes, cupcakes and lemonade are a fantastic combo!!

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ohboymom June 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I agree! Thanks for sharing this on Twitter too – I so appreciate it!

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Kelly June 4, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I just realized the City never called me back! I’m going to follow up on that. I hope I still have enoug time…if not I’m donating straight to you Emily. I can NOT think of a better cause or a better way to spend my money.

I am lucky – so lucky – to have avoided any serious illness but IF my child had cancer I would hope that everyone in this world would help me. So of course, I’m going to help because I would never ask anyone to do anything I am not willing to do myself.

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ohboymom June 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Kelly, thank you for being a caring, wonderful support and for having such a HUGE heart! <3 If it’s too late for you to do the stand this weekend, you don’t have to do it during the national lemonade days…they are fine with people holding stands during other times too…either way, I’m grateful to have your support and recognition of this worthy cause.

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Lisa C June 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Congratulations on the last chemo dose…and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a wonderful cause. It’s so lovely to see beauty come from such a challenging, heart-wrenching situation. Wishing all good things for you and your family.
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ohboymom June 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thanks so much for reading and for sending good thoughts!

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