Zayden and Pheonix Viharo and Alec Hamilton are proving they aren’t too young to contribute to enormous causes. On Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m. outside Mission Rugs at 1012 Mission St., the three friends, two of whom are students at Monterey Hills Elementary, will operate a lemonade stand to raise funds for cancer research and treatments.

The money raised will be donated to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new cures and treatments for all children battling cancer.

ALSF was started by 4-year-old-cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott. In 2000, Scott wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money for her doctors to help fight childhood cancer. She passed away at age 8 in 2004 from neuroblastoma. Shortly before she passed, with the help of supporters, she reached $1 million raised to fight childhood cancer.

Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, ALSF has raised more than $150 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 800 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. In addition, ALSF provides support to families affected by childhood cancer through programs such as Travel For Care and SuperSibs.

Zayden, Pheonix and Alec hope to raise $500 total for ALSF. They have already raised $100 through donations.

There are many ways kids and families can get involved or contribute. Many ALSF supporters hold a traditional lemonade stand to raise money and awareness. But there are plenty of other ways to get involved throughout the year: kickball games, coin collections, participating in ALSF’s charity race team, virtual fundraising or attending an ALSF special event nearby.

To contribute to Zayden, Pheonix and Alec’s efforts, visit www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1441639.

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