An Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Little Green Tambourine netted more than $1,700 to fight childhood cancer.
Little Green Tambourine held its first Alex’s Lemonade Stand as part of the National Lemonade Days weekend.
The business was inspired to hold the event in honor of Zia Sirianni, a 5-year-old Simsbury resident with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Sirianni takes classes at the "healthy living, creative arts studio” in Canton.
Her mother Mary said she was thrilled the Little Green Tambourine was supporting the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation and helping to raise awareness.
“I’m very grateful,” Mary Sirianni said.
Zia was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December 2009. Zia receives treatment at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, including daily doses of chemotherapy, monthly steroid use, and frequent bone marrow aspirations to monitor for remaining cancer cells in her blood. Zia is now in her last phase of treatment, which is the longest, and she is expected to complete treatment in February 2012.
Activities during the event included the lemonade stand: food, a face painting and hooping station and a raffle with numerous items donated by area businesses.
Through the raffles, direct donations and other activities, more than $1,700 was raised at the event.
Founded in 2004 by Alex Scott (1996-2004), Lemonade Days is a three day national event that grew out of Alex's front yard lemonade stand, and is held every year over the same June weekend.
During Lemonade Days, dedicated volunteers host thousands of Alex's Lemonade Stands across the country, raising over $1 million for childhood cancer research in one weekend.
June 2011 marks the 8th Annual Lemonade Days with an estimated 10,000 volunteers at over 2,000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands throughout the country on June 10, 11 and 12.