A cup for a cure: Kassidi, Nicole and Ashley help fight cancer with lemonade stand

Ready to serve customers in front of  Fine Arts Blount at Alex’s Lemonade Stand are Ashley Butcher, Kassidi McDannel and Nichole Butcher.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Ready to serve customers in front of Fine Arts Blount at Alex’s Lemonade Stand are Ashley Butcher, Kassidi McDannel and Nichole Butcher.

Posing in front of their lemonade stand are Ashley and Nichole Butcher and Kassidi McDannel.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Posing in front of their lemonade stand are Ashley and Nichole Butcher and Kassidi McDannel.

Braden and Megan Ridings purchase lemonade from Ashley Butcher at Alex Lemonade Stand in front of Fine Arts Blount.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Braden and Megan Ridings purchase lemonade from Ashley Butcher at Alex Lemonade Stand in front of Fine Arts Blount.

Three Blount County girls recently worked together at two lemonade stands to raise $200 to fight childhood cancer.

Kassidi McDannel, 11, and her best friends, sisters Nicole Butcher, 12, and Ashley Butcher, 10, worked two lemonade stands under the Alex’s Lemonade Stand program. The girls did their stands on June 10 and 11 at the Kroger on Watkins Road in Maryville and at Fine Arts Blount ArtSpace Gallery in Downtown Maryville.

“We reach our goal,” Kassidi said. “We raised $200 at the two locations.”

Kassidi said this isn’t the first time they have done the lemonade stand. “We did it 2008 and 2009, but didn’t do it last year,” she said.

Kassidi said between 100 and 150 people bought lemonade. The lemonade and cookies were donated, and customers were asked to make a donation. Funds raised went to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Kassidi said she learned about the foundation through her home school curriculum organization.

Kassidi’s mom, Cindy McDannel, said she is proud of her daughter. “I think it is so great. She spent most of the month of June in service. She and her Girl Scout group did a community garden for a Habitat for Humanity house, and they also put together little gift bags - 24 girls’ bags and 24 boys’ bags - and took them to the kids at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. I am so proud of them,” Cindy McDannel said.

The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott. When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand to raise money to find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” raised $2,000 in one day. People everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands, donating the proceeds to her cause.

In 2004 when Alex passed away at age 8, her stand and inspiration had raised over $1 million. Her parents started the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000, $45 million has been raised to fund 200 research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer.

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