By: Sydney Glasmyre and Maygan Henzie
Smiles were as bright as the shining lemons that filled the center of Alvernia’s campus this weekend, as the Quad was transformed into a lemon-themed carnival with freshly squeezed lemonade, lemon water ice, and lemon inspired games. The event raised $4,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that benefits children with cancer.
Alvernia junior, Kelsey Hall, thought it was nice to see her campus involved in something so beneficial to the community. “It’s great to see everyone out here on the quad so eager about helping others,” she said. “I’m happy to be a part of it and to see all these children so excited to be here.”
Occupational therapy junior, Rebecca Ownes, had a very personal reason for organizing the event: her younger sister is currently battling cancer. Rebecca and event co-chair Katie Heinmiller took a few moments to watch kids get their faces painted and jump around on a moon bounce. More than 100 participants took part in the carnival.
“We are extremely pleased with the turnout, especially because it is a new event,” said Heinmiller. The co-chairs said that a lot of volunteers helped get the event off the ground including a public relations class taught by Dr. Jodi Radosh, associate professor of communication.
Several local families who have dealt with pediatric cancer supported the event, including the Keim family from Exeter. The Keims’ six-year-old daughter, Allison, has been cancer-free for two years. The family represented the Penn State Hershey Medical Center at the event’s opening ceremonies and accepted 750 new children’s hats that were collected at an Alvernia Hats Off for Cancer event on Valentine’s Day at an Alvernia Men’s Basketball Game.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, Alex wished to set up a lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Learn more at: http://www.alexslemonade.org/
Read local media coverage of the event:
Reading Eagle: Alvernia students take campus walk for cure
WFMZ Channel 69 News: Alvernia students fight childhood cancer with talk