Last week a reporter from "Four Points" (the Miss America magazine) contacted me to talk about my work with my platform (Pediatric Cancer Research). They said they wanted to feature my work in their e-version. I had such a great time explaining my mission and describing my work; the reporter was so friendly! About 20 minutes later, an email from the reporter said she just talked with her boss and now they will do a feature story and print it in their August/September print issue of "Four Points" instead. It's rewarding to have others recognize the work that I do and I hope that my story will help to cheer others on with their own service goals.
This week our school had its very first Alex's lemonade stand! During a student council meeting, I proposed the idea and it was very well received. I think the entire student body loved that they could buy cold lemonade during their lunches. During each lunch period, we literally sold gallons. I'm excited to find out from our Advisor, how much money we raised!
I got to try my hand at judging when a local school asked me to judge the talent show they were having as a fundraiser for cancer research. Also judging were two college students and Maddy. Maddy is a local celebrity who as a 6 year old raises money for Relay for Life by selling cupcakes. She's a cutie! The talent show had 28 entries. Our top pick was Joel, a blind boy who could sing like you wouldn't believe and play the piano and guitar. He had the entire audience up, singing on their feet. Afterwards he gave me his guitar pic that said, "Joel, a rock-star like no other." He is! It was such a fun day. Thanks, BCA!
Today an elementary class in town held their Alex's lemonade stand. When I arrived, the kids all gave me big hugs then we set off to work. I was admittedly a little nervous when everyone wanted to try pouring lemonade, but they proved themselves as very capable. Being around them is exciting because I can only imagine what great things they are going to do for this world. It's special to be a part of teaching them how they can make a difference. I hope their next stands are just as successful! Thanks for supporting a great cause little ones!
Solving Kid's Cancer is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding new treatments and trials for the deadliest cancers. Last night was their fundraising gala in NYC which raised $440,000. I was asked to be the featured performer! This event proposed some new challenges for me, such as dancing on a small stage, but I was excited to prove I could over come the challenges. During my dance, I felt so close to Christi. Once I was off the stage, tears rolled down my cheeks; I knew my sister was with me and I knew she was proud of me for doing her work. After dinner, I had so much fun talking with all of the business men, models and other famous people. I really have a love for meeting people and I got to meet so many who were very successful and committed to giving back and helping others. This was such an instrumental event for me.
Today I was invited to Bridges Academy to speak with a class about my lemonade stands. These kids were amazing! The class was so respectful and I had their full attention. Afterwards I was impressed with the questions they asked me such as, "Do animals with cancer have the same warning signs?" This first group also asked about Christi. One girl had tears in her eyes when she learned that both her and Christi were dancers who loved to draw. During the presentation, I asked if anyone knew someone with cancer and my heart went out to all of them who had lost someone special to them. This class was so passionate and I'm proud that this spring they will be having three lemonade stands of their own. I will attend all of them that I can.