Giving Back

Lemonade Stand Brings a Purpose to Fanwood's Party in the Park

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Alex's Lemonade Stand, run by John Crifasi and Bob and Gina Semerad, raises money to cure childhood cancer in memory of Summer Semerad. Credits: John Mooney
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John Crifasi Credits: John Mooney
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FANWOOD, NJ -- Among the vendors at Fanwood's Party in the Park on Tuesday was John Crifasi, who hosted Alex’s Lemonade Stand in honor of his granddaughter Summer, who died in September after a brave battle against childhood cancer.

In March 2015, at age 7 months, doctors found a malignant mass in her liver and tumors in her lungs. After a year of treatment including surgeries, chemotherapy, a stem cell implant and radiation, a scan showed no evidence of the disease in May 2016. Sadly, just a few months later, she had a relapse and died at the age of two. 

Crifasi and members of his family served lemonade for a donation in hopes of raising $400, which funds about a day of childhood cancer research. The money will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which organizes fundraisers to cure childhood cancer. The organization encourages and empowers children and others to help make a difference. 

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If you were unable to attend the Party in the Park and would like to make a donation in Summer's memory, visit https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1333799 and donate online.

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