Students' lemonade stand boosts childhood cancer awareness, research


Matt and Hannah McNally, twins whom are entering second grade at Garden City Elementary School, partnered with their friend and neighbor, 10-year-old Michaela Pearson, to have an old-fashioned lemonade stand.

But, instead of keeping and splitting the profits, they donated their $80 to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise awareness of childhood cancer and help fund research.

Pearson jumped right aboard with her friends.

“I thought it would be nice to donate the money to help people’s lives get better,” she said.

Rachel McNally, Matt and Hannah’s mother, explained how the idea came about. She said inspiration came from Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a Connecticut child who battled cancer and began the foundation before passing away.

“Matt was given a book for his birthday, called ‘50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet,’ and Alex was one of them,” she said.

Despite the foreboding forecast for Sunday, the trio set up business in the McNallys’ driveway. Through the support of the neighborhood community and the power of social media, the stand was a success.

“We wanted to be helpful and support people with cancer. Someone came by and couldn’t drink lemonade, but gave us money to help,” Matt said.

When the sale day was over, the youngsters created an account on the official Alex's Lemonade Stand website for their donation, and they can continue to add to it.

Hannah said they hope to have more lemonade stands. Seeing their children give back made all the parents proud.

“I’m very proud that they decided on their own to donate all of their proceeds after reading about Alex’s Lemonade Stand,” Rachel said.

For more information about the lemonade stand and the charity, visit 


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