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Lemonade Stand Helps Beat Childhood Cancer

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised $900,000 over the last 11 years.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Some kids post up behind a lemonade stand to make a little change for the piggy bank, but 8-year-old Lexi Wilson did it for a different reason.

"Kids who have cancer, and raise money for them," she said.

She was fighting cancer, one cup at a time, through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

"A little girl name Alexandra Scott started this with a simple lemonade stand in her yard to raise money for cancer. She, herself, had cancer and passed away sadly at the age of 8," said Kayci Wilson, Lexi's mother.

The foundation, that has been around for more than a decade, hit home for Kayci.

She watched her daughter, Lexi, struggle with Lymphoma at the young age of 7.

"She was diagnosed in January of 2013, beat cancer, went into remission and 17 days later, she relapsed," she said.

Now, Lexi has been cancer-free for 257 days, and felt the need to help kids and families alike.

"Now she's able to step back and be a part of helping, and she's coming alive and this is her calling," her mother said.

The Wilsons joined the effort of hundreds, to end childhood cancer, by setting up a table at Hy-Vee in St. Joseph.

"We need to find a cure, they are our future," she said.

Kayci says it is not necessarily the cancer itself that makes it tough for kids, but the treatments.

"We're ultimately finding a cure with less toxic chemotherapy and target drug therapies," said Kayci.

The regional effort has funded grants at hospitals, throughout the Midwest, to make the battle a little easier on kids.

For those young ones still fighting, Lexi has a message.

"You can get through this, I know you can. You are strong," she said.

This is the 11th year for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

So far, they have raised $900,000.

The stand will be open again tomorrow at the Hy-Vee in St. Joseph from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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