STATE — In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, Walgreens locations in northern New Jersey will host their first Alex’s Lemonade Stand Day on Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon – 4 p.m. The locations will compete to see who can raise the most money and draw the most attention to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).
Walgreens team members were inspired to get involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation after hearing the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott and then realizing they could help part of their own Walgreens family. Will Lehmacher was the Walgreens Store Manager in Florham Park while his son Mikey was struggling with a rare form of leukemia.
Eventually, Will transferred and moved his family to Fort Worth, Texas because Mikey was hospitalized and undergoing treatments there. After a tough fight Mikey, at only 5-years-old, lost his brave battle on July 19. His family has lost its light and is behind on their mortgage, medical, and other bills. Proceeds from this Lemonade Stand Day will be split 50/50 between the family of Mikey Lehmacher and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). This year marks the 10th anniversary of 4-year-old Alex announcing that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $30 million towards fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 125 research projects nationally.
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