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!!