SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield A&P located at the Oak Park Commons Mall participated in the 2014 Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraiser.
Residents throughout South Plainfield donated or purchased lemonade June 6-8 and customers can continue to contribute at registers for the rest of this week. According to A&P manager Steve Parente, “A&P’s nationwide are participating in the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation fundraiser.” The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Fundraiser website reports A&P has been participating in fundraising events since 2004, and A&P alone has helped raise $1 million towards helping children with cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was named after Alexandra Scott. Alex soon before her first birthday was diagnosed with the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Alex’s parents were notified if Alex survived cancer she would never be able to walk. By her second birthday she was already crawling and standing with leg braces. On her fourth birthday Alex received a stem cell transplant. At the hospital she promised, “When I get out of the hospital, I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to “help other kids, like they helped me.” Alex with the help of her brother raised $2,000.00 for her hospital.
In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of eight years old. Alex with the help of family and friends raised over $1,000,000 to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. People throughout the world continue Alex’s legacy by having Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraisers each year.
Mayor Anesh said “it was great to be able to do a small part in the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fundraiser. A&P has been doing this each year, and it is great seeing a national organization raising funds at such a local level.”