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. 

Sign Up for E-News

If you were unable to attend the Party in the Park and would like to make a donation in Summer's memory, visit and donate online. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.