If you go
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
Steamboat Springs 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.