Chicago Dads Group will join the effort to raise awareness and funds to battle childhood cancer by setting up an Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 10am-2pm at 4501 N California Ave, Chicago (across the street from Buffalo Park).
Chicago Dads Group is joining a handful of other outposts of the national City Dads Group network to host lemonade stands this weekend. Other chapters include City Dads Groups in Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City and Minneapolis-St. Paul. All money raised will be donated to the Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) for its work funding research to find better treatments and cures for childhood cancer.
“This is a great opportunity for our members and their families across the country to come together for an excellent cause close to all of our hearts,” said Lance Somerfeld, co-founder of City Dads Group.
The stands are City Dads Group’s contribution to Alex’s Lemonade Days, a three-day national event. The event grew from an initial front yard lemonade stand set up in 2000 by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a 4-year-old Pennsylvania girl with neuroblastoma. Her first stand raised $2,000 and received national attention.
Since Alex’s 2004 death, “Alex’s Lemonade Days” are held every year over the same June weekend with an estimated 10,000 volunteers hosting more than 2,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands around the nation making a difference for children with cancer. This year’s Alex’s Lemonade Days are set for June 10, 11 and 12.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million to date toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding more than 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
“City Dads Group is honored to partner with ALSF to shine a light on the need to fund pediatric cancer research,” said Matt Schneider, co-founder of City Dads Group.
For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.