Second grader sells lemonade to help kids with cancer

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Paul Henderson really likes to help people in need. Earlier this year, when his elementary school was raising funds for the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts, Henderson sold cookies, shaped like a heart, as a way to fundraise for his school and for those who receive help from the American Red Cross.

Now Henderson is raising money to help kids with cancer. On Saturday, June 9 which coincides with National Lemonade Days, Henderson is hosting an Alex’s Lemonade Stand in DuPont’s Bell Hill Park between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to help kids with cancer.

According to mom Diane, Paul has been selling koolaid on weekends to earn money. His grandma found information about the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and encouraged her grandson to sell lemonade one weekend and raise money for kids fighting cancer.

The foundation is named after cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott. She was born in 1996, and passed away in 2004. ¬†According to their website, in 2000, a 4-year old Alex announced she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since 2000, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement.

For nine years, National Lemonade Days has been held June 8, 9 and 10 from coast to coast, giving people of all ages a way to make a difference in the battle against childhood cancer. This three-day event has historically raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research.

If you are in or near DuPont on Saturday, the Henderson family would love to have you and your friends stop by the Bell Hill Park between 1 and 4 p.m. and buy some delicious lemonade, rain or shine. The park is located at the intersection of Bell Hill Place and Bell Hill Street, just off of Steilacoom-DuPont road.

“I would describe it as refreshing, icy cold lemonade, but since it has been in the 50′s and raining all week, we’ll have to think of it some other way,” said Diane.

If you can’t make today’s event you can still donate on Paul’s webpage:


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