MINERVA - For the past four years, 10-year-old Meghan Dunkley has been doing her part to help raise awareness and funds for research regarding childhood cancer by selling lemonade around her community. It's an important job, and Dunkley recognizes this fact.
Through the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, money raised from the sale of lemonade goes for cancer research. The effort stems from the idea of a child named Alexandra, who wanted to run a lemonade stand before cancer claimed her life in 2004. The foundation has been very successful in this effort.
Dunkley became interested in helping in 2006, when her grandmother was battling cancer.
"I know how important and scary cancer is," she said. "I wanted to do something to help."
The stand is gaining momentum as Dunkley's 8-year-old brother Riley and her cousin Audrey Fish have been very involved.
"It's fun and important," said Riley.
Alex's Lemonade Stand was set up outside Sullivan's store in Olmstedville this past July 3 for Minerva Day, and will continue to be open when Meghan is around. All are welcome to stop by and visit and buy some lemonade - it's great lemonade for a great cause.
Pictured at right: Two children from Olmstedville man their lemonade stand during the Minerva Day and 4th of July celebrations.
Photo by Mike Corey