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Local girl to run charity stand on July Fourth

Local girl to run charity stand on July Fourth

July 01, 2005|by TONY BUDNY

anthonyb@herald-mail.com

Cameron Kenworthy explained why she decided to raise money for cancer research: "No parent should ever have to see their child be buried because they had cancer."

Cameron's words reflect her desire to make a difference in people's lives.

A gift she received for her birthday May 29, a kit for an Alex's Lemonade Stand, will help her earn the money she wants to donate to that cause.

In July 2000, Alexandra Scott, then 4, founded Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund after spending 31/2 years battling neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, according to the Lemonade Stand Fund's Web site. That year, she raised more than $2,000 for Connecticut Children's Medical Care by selling cups of lemonade for 50 cents each.

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Alex died in August 2004, but not before helping to raise more than $1.5 million through donations and at other lemonade stands across the country, the Web site said.

Cameron, 9, will open her lemonade stand Monday in front of her house at 19826 Spring Creek Road, in conjunction with the Mile Long Yard Sale.

She will sell eight-ounce cups of lemonade for $1 each from 8 a.m. until she runs out of lemonade supplies, said her mother, Jackie Kenworthy.

Kenworthy said people who want to buy lemonade should look for the house with yellow and white balloons tied in visible locations on and around the house. All proceeds from Cameron's efforts will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund.

Cameron, a straight-A student at Paramount Elementary School, lived in Hanover, Pa., before moving to Hagerstown four years ago when her father, Bryan Kenworthy, bought Gerald N. Minnich Funeral Home. He has been a funeral director since 1989.

"She has always been familiar with the fact that death is just a part of life," her mother said.

Cameron not only knows that, but once came face to face with it. Born three months premature, Cameron and her twin brother, Morgan Kenworthy, went into cardiac arrest shortly after birth, her mother said. They were both given last rites and were not expected to live. Both survived.

Cameron has devoted time to helping improve the lives of others. As a parishioner at Saint Ann's Catholic Church, she and Morgan regularly participate in Operation Shoebox, a Christmas season program in which those who wish to donate place various items in a shoe box, Jackie Kenworthy said. Through the church and charities, those boxes are given as gifts to the less fortunate in foreign countries. Those who donate shoe boxes also write letters and place them inside the boxes so that the recipient families can know from whom the gift came, Kenworthy said.

Cameron held a birthday party this year based on her love of animals.

"I made my own birthday invitations," she said. "I wanted everyone to bring something I could give to the animal shelter."

Her guests brought dog and cat food and various animal toys, all of which went to the Humane Society of Washington County.

"She's always been this way. It almost seems like she has a divine purpose." her mother said.

Cameron describes herself as a devout Catholic, strong in her faith.

"God expects us to help other people, and that's what I'm trying to do," she said. "I just try to do my best."

Cameron said she wants to help others in the future.

"I'd like to be a missionary some day in Africa or some poor area," she said.

Cameron said she sees setting up an Alex's Lemonade Stand as a continuation of Alex Scott's life.

"Alex was a very strong person," Cameron said. "I'm glad she's up in heaven in a better place. She tried to make the world a better place. I want to carry on that idea."

For more information about Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund, go to www.alexslemonade.com.

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