Fighting childhood cancer one cold glass of lemonade at a time

Seven-year-old Emillio Kriner holds his first Alex's Lemonade Stand as part of National Lemonade Days

June 10, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Emillio Kriner, 7, host Alex's Lemonade Stand during National Lemonade Days.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Seven-year-old Emillio Kriner is using this week's sweltering heat in his quest to fight childhood cancer.

 There's no better way to beat the heat than with a cold glass of lemonade — or so the Chambersburg boy is hoping as he holds his first Alex's Lemonade Stand as part of National Lemonade Days Friday through Sunday.

 Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front- yard lemonade stand of the late cancer patient, Alexandra "Alex" Scott.

At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.

Since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. To date, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $40 million toward fulfilling her dream of finding a cure, funding over 200 research projects nationally, according to the organization's website.

Sporting a bright lemon yellow T-shirt with the words, "Fighting Childhood Cancer One Cup At A Time," Emillio hopes to raise $300 at his lemonade stand at 2211 McCleary Drive, Chambersburg, Pa.

His stand will be open today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 "I want to help kids with cancer. I want to help them get well," Emillio said.

  Emillio's mother, Danyell Kriner, is proud of what her son is doing.

 "I don't know any children with cancer, but I have known adults with cancer, and I've seen the toll it takes on adults. So I can't even imagine what it's like for children," Danyell Kriner said.

"When he came to me and said, 'Mommy, I want to do this,' I thought it was a good start. If he wants to do something like this at age 7, I can only imagine what he'll do when he gets older."

 She hopes people will come out, have a glass of lemonade, make a donation and help a child with cancer.

  "Any donation helps, and if it were your child, you'd want someone to try and help you, because they have so much more to look forward to," Danyell Kriner said.

 Just down the road, 12-year-old Tiya Shelton and her sister, Tierra, 9, were setting up their lemonade stand at 5725 Greenvillage Road, Chambersburg, Pa.

 "I wanted to help people with cancer," said Tiya, who knows what it's like to be ill.

 Last January, she ran a fever of between 100 and 102 degrees for three months and suffered from an unknown illness, according to Tiya's mother, Carolyn Shelton.

 "The doctors were just so perplexed by the symptoms, so they didn't really know what it was. So, they tested her for basically everything under the sun," Carolyn Shelton said.

 Tiya was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, an inflammation of the bone, her mother said.

 But she is doing well now and is expected to grow out of the condition, Carolyn Shelton said.

But being ill made Tiya think about what other children go through.

 "I'm glad that she is taking the initiative and is learning to be compassionate for others. There is always someone who has it worse out there," Carolyn Shelton said.

The Shelton family's goal is $1,000.  Their stand will be open today from noon to 4 p.m.

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