Lemonade For a Purpose: Ann Arbor Family Takes a Stand Against Childhood Cancer

Anne and Cat Maust hosting their lemonade stand in 2017.
Anne and Cat Maust hosting their lemonade stand in 2017.

In a continuing effort to raise money and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, the Maust family of Ann Arbor will host their 8th annual lemonade stand this Friday, June 15. The proceeds of the lemonade stand will go to benefit childhood cancer research through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF).

Lemonade for a purpose

Sisters, Anne and Cat Maust’s lemonade stand has become a tradition marking the last day of school for Ann Arbor Public Schools. The lemonade stand will feature lemonade, baked treats, and various ALSF-themed merchandise available for a donation. Anne and Cat hope to raise $1,500, which funds over two days of childhood cancer research. Mother of Anne and Cat, Susan Crane, explained that every year they give the book, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, to the girls classes to help explain the purpose of hosting the lemonade stand which has spurred classmates and their families to give their support. Crane explained, “It is always kind of nice because the lemonade stand is on the last day of school and our house is close to the school. It has started to be a traditional for some families to walk over to our lemonade stand together after they are dismissed from school”.

Fighting childhood cancer one cup at a time

Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. The Maust girls started a lemonade stand eight years ago when living in New Jersey to raise money for childhood cancer. Their mother was originally from the Philadelphia area and was inspired by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF was created to support research and family services at hospitals and institutions across the country, including C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan where Anne and Cat’s parents currently work. ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

Support Anne & Cat’s Lemonade Stand

Anne & Cat’s 8th Annual Lemonade Stand
Friday, June 15 | Noon-5 pm
2315 Delaware Dr

For more information or to donate, visit Anne and Cat’s fundraising page at www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1421062.