Jaclyn Wertz, who turns 7 today, is asking her friends to stop by her lemonade stand in front of City Market between Saturday to help her fundraiser.

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Jaclyn Wertz, who turns 7 today, is asking her friends to stop by her lemonade stand in front of City Market between Saturday to help her fundraiser.

Girl celebrates birthday with charity lemonade sale

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What: Lemonade stand run by Jaclyn Wertz, 7, to raise money for pediatric cancer research

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: In front of City Market at 1825 Central Park Plaza

Cost: $2 a glass, all proceeds benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

— Jaclyn Wertz turns 7 today, but she isn't asking for birthday presents.

Instead, she has asked her friends to stop by City Market on Saturday to help raise money for pediatric cancer research by buying a cool glass of lemonade.

Jaclyn is participating in the Alex's Lemonade Stand program designed by the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The program started in 2000, when cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott, then 4, hosted a lemonade stand to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

"Approximately 4,000 volunteers host lemonade stands each year, and we've raised over $19 million since we started," said Gillian Kocher, public relations specialist for ALSF.

Kocher said the program is unique because people of all ages can participate, regardless of the weather.

"It's such a simple idea and anyone can do it," she said. "With everyone's help, it's amazing how far we've come."

In 2008, Kocher said, ALSF will fund 30 new grants totaling more than $4 million to 23 institutions and universities in 13 states.

"Alex had cancer and put up a lemonade stand to help other kids," Jaclyn said, "and I want to help."

Jaclyn's mother and sister will help serve lemonade. They have set a goal to raise $1,000 by selling each glass for $2. All proceeds will be donated to ALSF.

Steamboat Springs businesses are chipping in to help. City Market is donating lemonade and ice and McDonald's is donating cups and a cooler to Jaclyn's lemonade stand.

The lemonade stand will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in front of City Market.

"We've found that $20 funds 45 minutes of cancer research and you just never know which 45 minutes will make the difference," Kocher said.

Comments

grannyrett 5 years, 10 months ago

As the grandparent of a child who has so far survived cancer, I can't say thank you enough to Jaclyn. It is so devastating to lose a child, but the unselfish acts of others like Jaclyn and Alex are what make this world a better place. Of all the friends our granddaughter made while at Children's Hospital in Denver, she is the only one who has survived. It is devastating for a young child to lose so many friends. Many of the childhood cancers are orphan diseases. Most, if not all, the research on these cancers are done through charitable donations. To all who help, this Granny sends a big thank you.

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juliet 5 years, 10 months ago

Our son was diagnosed in 2003 with Neuroblastoma which is the same pediatric cancer that Alex died from. So far we have been very lucky. I can't say that about many of the kids we have met along our journey. I also know Alex's parents that run Alex's Lemonade Stand and they have done so much for the advancement of pediatric cancer research. Thanks for doing this and helping kids right here in our own town!

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Hadleyburg_Press 5 years, 10 months ago

Nikola Tesla got the pun but Thomas Edison remained in the dark even while being directly effected...

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Hadleyburg_Press 5 years, 10 months ago

The above comment was for a different story. I am not sure how I mistakenly posted here. I will say however that what this little girl is doing is wonderful and inspirational! I also want to extend my heartfelt love and hope to those that suffer or have suffered the pain of having a sick child or are themselves a sick child.

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