Nine year old Elliott Crowder, of the Newport famous “Bike Newport” Crowder family, was thinking about something earlier this summer…what kind of project did he want to get going to put the summer to good use – for something REALLY good.
Well, his idea arrived one morning at the Crowder home with the TV tuned to the NBC Today Show. Elliott saw something that really drew him in – the story of Alex Scott, a little girl who bravely battled childhood cancer. The story revealed that although the cancer was ravaging her body, she still found the energy and the love in her heart to think of other children, struck with cancer. And in between cancer treatments Alex set up a lemonade stand to raise money to cure what had attacked her fragile body as well as thousands of other children.
Sadly Alex’s cancer ended her life but her valiant efforts to remind everyone about childhood cancer lived on and grew to national prominence to where a national foundation has been set up in her honor and is now coordinating a variety of fundraisers around the country, one of of which was Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Elliott Crowder 9, and his buddy Markus 8, contacted the foundation and with the help of Elliott’s parents soon had everything they needed to set up an Alex’s Lemonade stand in front of the family bike shop, there on 6th just west of PROBuild.
Elliott said when they set up the lemonade stand Thursday morning, they thought that offering lemonade for any donation might raise fifty dollars. But with some advanced promotion by local internet news media the customers came fast and the donations even faster to where they were looking at a tidy sum in the bottle of the money jar. Over $200 at last count.
So hats off to the Crowder family for raising a fine young man whose time on this Earth hasn’t even hit double digits, and he’s out there doing the right things for the right reason. Congratulations all around.
If you, your kids or the neighbors kids might like to set up an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help find a cure for childhood cancer, just go to their website by clicking here.