posted on May 15, 2015 14:24
In a nationwide fundraising effort to fight childhood cancer, an Oakfield family will represent New York State.
This is the story of Brady Williams, a lemonade stand, and a whole lot of determination.
The family of eight-year old Brady has been raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation every year since 2009.
The Foundation’s fundraiser, called Alex’s Lemonade Days occurs during a weekend in June and is designed to raise money for fighting childhood cancer as well as raising awareness of the issue.
"We'll have our lemonade days fundraiser on June 13th and then we'll have our annual stand that we do every year during the Oakfield Labor Day celebration in September." says Brady's mother, Megan Williams.
Alex Scott was an 8-year old girl who passed away from neuroblastoma in 2004, the same cancer affecting Brady.
She and her family helped raise more than $1 million to help find a cure with homemade lemonade stands.
The cancer in Brady was first detected in his chest wall before extending into his spinal cord and column.
He was diagnosed with cancer when doctors tried to determine why he hadn’t learned to walk as a baby.
After undergoing two surgeries as well as chemotherapy, the lively second-grader is in remission.
Brady and his family speak at schools to spread awareness of childhood cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Days runs from June 12-14 this year.
"Our six-year total is over $20,000, so this year we're hoping to break $25,000 but I may adjust that based on how we do here June 13th. We may have to push that up even higher." says Megan Williams.
Everyone wants lemonade around June, so the Williams family will continue to satisfy customers as well as work to fight for childhood cancer.
A smile like Brady’s shows a hope that never fails.
The Williams family lives on Drake Street in Oakfield.
Brady is one of a set of triplets.