Kids cancer run

Kids cancer research is the latest worthy cause for a 5k run/walk to be organized for and that event happens this weekend.

The Lemon Run 5k is on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Camana Bay, starting between 62 Forum Lane and 89 Nexus Way, at 7 a.m.

Team Cayman is a virtual team joining thousands of others running/walking to raise money for kids cancer research in the name of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

The foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott 13 years ago when the little girl was only 4 years old.

She wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer, including herself. She died four years later.

Since that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the world continuing her legacy of hope.

To date, Scott’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling her dream of finding a cure, funding more than 300 research projects.

Organizers are James Bebarfald and his wife Danielle. Bebarfald said: “Response has been excellent, the event is really creating some momentum across a number of social media and some folks are signing up just to donate. We may not make quite as much ($162,000) as we did in September for St. Baldrick’s which is also for childhood cancer research, but we should do well.”

They hope to have well over 100 take part, stressing that it is not a competitive event and hope to surpass 2,500.

“The St. Baldrick’s event was a massive eye opener, not only to see what very little funding is provided by the US government towards kids cancer research but how many kids are dying compared to those afflicted with adult Cancers,” Added Bebarfald. “This is our inspiration, make a difference – and the stats tell the story.”

He is referring to the fact that kid cancers are the leading cause of death by disease for children under 15 in the US and one in 300 children will be diagnosed with kids cancer and one in five will die from kids cancer.

Less than five per cent of US federal funding for cancer research goes to kids cancer research, which is why Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is so vital.

For every dollar donated, 90 cents goes to a research grant to combat childhood cancer. Fifty dollars funds one hour of research. Registration is $25; pre-register or sign up on the day.

To pre-register for the run/walk, go to: https://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/lemon-run/register or contact Danielle Cococcia/James Bebarfald [email protected] 926-2084.

The foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott 13 years ago when the little girl was only 4 years old.

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