Today I was asked to team up with two different organizations! Our local Kiwanis asked me to be the speaker for their Nov. 21st meeting, where I will make a presentation about pediatric cancer awareness and research along with Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund. Additionally, BGSU's CMLA asked if they could partner with me on President's Day to hold an Alex's Lemonade Stand like we did last year. I'm so glad these two organizations thought to ask me for help! I'm always looking for opportunities to work towards a great cause.
ABC Nightline's producer flew to our home from NYC and another reporter from LA joined him. They came to interview us about Hope Jackson who used pictures of my sister - stolen from Christi's website- pretending to be my mom and scamming many famous people/groups including Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Kate Gosslin and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Hope was eventually caught and charged with a felony. Because Brad Paisley was one of the many famous people scammed, it is scheduled to be aired after he hosts the Country Music Awards (CMA) on Wednesday, November 6th. My family enjoyed this experience. I loved giving the reporter a "tour" of our house and showing off the special Christi things. I hope you can watch the show!
I LOVE dances, so of course I had a blast at Homecoming. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall season with your friends too!
The best thing that came out of my sister's battle with cancer was the people we met. This weekend some of our "Philly Friends" had a dance competition in Ohio. Of course we went to cheer! It was fun; however, nothing was more valuable than getting to spend precious time with this wonderful family we've known for years. Christi brought us together in 2003 and they bent over backwards to help us during our darkest days and nights. I remember playing with them at the hospital and going to their home to let my parents focus on Christi. We will forever be grateful! (Plus, they are so sweet and fun; it's great to have awesome friends on the east coast!)
Yesterday I went straight from ballet class to the Ritz theater to audition for a part in "The Nutcracker". In December, the Chicago Festival Ballet will be coming to our town to perform and they needed dancers to help make the production complete. Although he was very strict, I enjoyed working with Kenneth von Heidecke, founder of the company, for an intense four hour audition and rehearsal. I will be a soldier in the production; we will be rehearsing two days a week until show time. I'm ecstatic to dance with professional dancers and I hope you can attend!
Bringing in enough money to fund 10.5 hours of research, I think my stand was a sweet success! The day commenced with my presentation. Afterwards I read them "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand." We had a meaningful discussion in the classroom before we kicked off the stand. Throughout the day we had several special visitors, including three of Christi's friends and a few of her former teachers. It's incredible to think Heidelberg still partners with our family and holds their stand. They mean so much to us! Endless thanks to everyone who stopped by!
Want to savor the last sip of Summer? Come join me for some lemonade! This Thursday I will be having my stand at Heidelberg University. I will also be making a presentation about childhood cancers and my sister, Christi. If you're interested in supporting this great cause, but can't come, please consider donating online at alexslemonadestand.org? Thanks!