Balmoral Park will be joining forces with a host of other racetracks around the country that will be featuring Alex’s Lemonade Stands on Belmont Day and Night (June 11).
All donations made for a cool refreshing cup of lemonade that day and night will go towards finding a cure for pediatric cancer.
lex’s Lemonade Stand became connected to horseracing after Chuck Zacney, co-owner of Preakness winner Afleet Alex, heard about the heartwarming story of Alexandra “Alex Scott who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, two days before her first birthday.
At the age of four, Alex told her parents she wanted to open a lemonade stand to raise money in order to help find a cure for her disease.
In July 2000 she opened her first stand in her front yard and donated all the proceeds to the hospital that was helping her in her gallant fight against the cancer. Since then, an annual lemonade stand has been set up in Alex’s front yard each summer.
Sadly, Alex lost her fight to cancer in 2004 but her dream is still very much alive.
News of this brave little girls determination spread quickly and donations poured in from all over the world and now Alex’s lemonade stand has become a fixture at all of horseracings major events.
Zacney and Afleet Alex’s other owners have contributed a portion of this great 3-Year-Olds earnings and merchandise sales to the fund as well.
To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has raised nearly $2 million for pediatric cancer research.
Alex’s Lemonade Stands will be set up at both Balmoral and Maywood Park on Saturday (June 11) so please stop by and quench your thirst while making a donation to help fulfill Alex’s goal of raising $5 million for pediatric cancer research.
As they say “when life hands you lemons you make lemonade.” Alex Scott did just that!
In her honour please help this very worthwhile cause!
Courtesy Of Tom Kelley, Publicity Director, Balmoral Park