Community turns out to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand

By Joel Charron

Mila Colhoun would be proud of her friend Melissa Martin.

This past Friday, after months of planning, Alex’s Lemonade Stand came to Amherstburg and was a big hit amongst the community.

The local fundraiser took place Friday afternoon, in the parking a lot of Sobey’s and drew a bigger crowd than originally expected.

“It’s been a very steady flow of people since we opened at 10 a.m.,” said Martin.

 

Melissa Martin, Karly Soulliere and Jennifer Ruston are all smiles as they stand behind the lemonade stand. The fundraiser made $5,100

Martin estimates well over 1,000 people stopped by to take part in Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation dedicated for childhood cancer research.

Martin said she became involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand fundraiser in honour of a friend. Martin’s friend Andi Colhoun lost her daughter, Mila, after the two-year-old died of a brain tumor in 2007.

“Mila is my inspiration to do this,” explained Martin. “This is something that is close to my heart. It’s something that is important to me.”

The one-day event raised over $5,100.

“This is truly a remarkable feat,” said Martin. “I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am and how proud I am of this community. Amherstburg is amazing when it comes to supporting events like this.”

Although the main objective was to raise money, Martin said the goal was for everyone to enjoy themselves and soak in the Good Friday weather.

“I just want to see smiles on everyone faces,” she said.

According to Martin, roughly 20 volunteers, which included students from General Amherst, Cardinal Carter and Leamington High School, helped make the day run as smooth as possible.

“I’m very grateful for all their help,” said Martin.

There was a lemonade stand for people to enjoy and also a bake sale, a barbecue, photography by Stephanie Lynn Photography and Dotsy the Clown. There was also a raffle with the prizes being a signed 2011-12 Toronto Maple Leafs stick, a Windsor Spitfires jersey signed by the whole team and a signed photo of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

Amongst those who stopped by was Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, who said he was pleased to see the Alex’s Lemonade Stand initiative brought to Essex County.

“It’s wonderful to see our community come out and support this initiative,” said Natyshak.

The online fundraising is still ongoing, said Martin. For more information, people can visit http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/77453, www.facebook.com/alexslemonadestand or e-mail alsamherstburg@gmail.com.

 

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