The City of Grand Island's Community Youth Council took part in a nationwide project called Alex's Lemonade Stand, a foundation with a focus of raising money for childhood cancer research.
Inspired by Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004), a young girl who lost her life to cancer, the Grand Island students are choosing to keep her legacy alive.
The CYC set the goal of raising $400 through their participation in the project, and set up a lemonade stand at Hy-Vee in Grand Island. They repeatedly told Alex's story to shoppers and exceeded their fundraising goal.
Emma Kreutzer, Heartland Lutheran senior and co-chair of the committee, proposed the project. She said, "It really hit close to home, my grandpa got diagnosed with cancer toward the beginning of the summer, and they got that fixed."
Josh Sugita, Heartland Lutheran senior, was inspired by Alex's story. "It's been a huge eye-opener. Not just volunteering, but meeting new people who do the same thing, and how much it can impact everybody."
Kreutzer added, "What everyone wants to see in their life, is to find a cure for cancer."
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has funded over 250 projects and brings hope to many children with cancer.