Drink Lemonade, Help Fight Childhood Cancer Aug. 12

Aug 06, 2018
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Three Manahawkin youngsters are spending part of their summer vacation raising money to fight childhood cancer. On Sunday, Aug. 12, Luke Pennisi, Matthew Stipicevic and Henry Baldwin will be operating an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Surf City Fishery Co. from 3 to 6 p.m. The business is located at 902 Long Beach Blvd. in Ship Bottom.

“They did it for the first time five years ago, and since then they have raised $1,850 for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation,” said Christina Stipicevic, Matthew’s mother. A glass of lemonade costs $1.

All three boys are entering seventh grade, with Matthew and Henry attending All Saints Regional Catholic School in Manahawkin and Luke enrolled at St. Joseph’s in Toms River.

“They’re all good friends, so it’s fun for them to work together on a project like this,” Stipicevic said. “They were happy knowing they were raising money for a good cause.”

The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was named for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was born in 1996 and died in 2004 from neuroblastoma. When she was 4 years old, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since then, the foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement, with lemonade stands being set up all over the country. According to the foundation’s website, more than $100 million has been raised for funding approximately 500 research projects.

“Our mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer,” the site says.

Maria Pennisi, Luke’s mother, said she once set up an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Sprint For Life, an early-spring event in Ship Bottom coordinated by Pennisi that raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of New Jersey.

“The lemonade stand was donated by the Barr family of Ship Bottom, and when the Sprint event was over, I was wondering what I’m going to do with this beautiful (stand),” she said. “I’m good friends with Christina (Stipicevic), so we got to talking and the boys were excited about raising money for the foundation, so we decided to give it a try, and it has worked out well.”

Stipicevic said a brochure about the foundation will be available. If people cannot make it to the stand, they can donate by visiting alexslemonade.org and designate their donation go to “Lemonade Day at the Fishery.” —E.E.

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