In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, Temple Beth Torah (900 Big Blue Trace, Wellington) will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand event on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Members of the Temple Beth Torah community sprung into action after hearing the emotional story of Maya Rigler, an 11-year-old Pennsylvania girl battling cancer for the second time. “When I heard Maya’s story, my heart broke,” 12-year-old Madelyn Lester said. “She’s just a girl like me who goes to school and camp… and she got cancer, twice. I know my friends and I can help raise money to help kids like her.”
The temple has come together to make this a successful event. The youngest youth group, TibTofty Jr., designed the signs used to advertise the event and have signed up for shifts to work the table. The sisterhood has organized a bake sale, while the brotherhood has donated all the lemonade, hot chocolate and paper goods.
“A main tenet of Judaism is to help when your neighbor is in a time of need,” Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz said. “It’s wonderful to see our community come together in an act of love and compassion.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since then, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Visit www.alexslemonade.org to learn more.