CLARK, NJ – Three Edison teens are taking a stand – a lemonade stand – against cancer, as they host the 5th Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Rotondo’s Liquor and Fine Foods on Lake Avenue in Clark on Friday and Saturday.
Emily D’Amato, Cambria Rotondo and Erin Cervelli decided five years ago that they wanted to take on a community service project. Their school had hosted a lemonade stand and girls thought it was something they could manage.
“We think childhood cancer is a good cause,” Rotondo said.
So the girls mixed up a batch of lemonade and set up shop in front of the Clark deli owned by Rotondo’s parents. Their efforts were successful and so they made it an annual event. Today, they are selling handmade bracelets and cups of lemonade with a goal of raising $600 over a two-day period.
The cause became all the more poignant when one of their close friends was diagnosed with cancer last year. “She’s in remission now,” Rotondo said, but her situation made them doubly committed to their fundraising efforts.
The girls will be in front of the store, located at 1040 Lake Avenue, until 2 p.m. on Friday and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
100 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The Foundation is named for Alexandra Scott, a four year old cancer patient who created the first lemonade stand during her own battle with the disease. The Foundation is now a national movement with thousands of supporters whose efforts contribute to pediatric cancer research projects.