SANDY — Jenny Foster, a mother of three, said her family wanted to raise money for children's cancer research. Bailey Foster, Jenny's daughter, loves to sell things. She made bottle-cap necklaces and magnets to sell at her family's garage sale, but what she really wanted to do was open a lemonade stand.

There wasn't a more perfect time than the three-day national event, Lemonade Days, held over the same June weekend every year, in symbolic reference to the death of Alexandra Scott, who was diagnosed with cancer just before her first birthday. Alexandra started selling lemonade in her front yard 10 years ago to help find a cure for all childhood cancers.

The event has happened nationwide since 2004, when Alex was 8 years old.

Jenny Foster heard about Alex's Lemonade Stands and was inspired after learning that one of their neighbors has leukemia.

"It has been good," Foster said. "(Bailey's) granddad said he would match what we raised. Our goal was $100. We raised $10 today, and we will keep the donation page open until Monday. It was a great experience."

Alex's first lemonade stand raised more than $2,000 its first day. Before she passed away, Alex raised more than $1 million toward finding a cure. Over the past 10 years, stands across the country have raised more than $12 million, and the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, founded by Alex's parents in 2005, has raised more than $30 million.

During Lemonade Days, volunteers across the country host thousands of Alex's Lemonade Stands. More than 10,000 volunteers will sell lemonade at more than 2,000 stands June 11-13 to help make a difference for children with cancer.

The Foster family, Jenny Foster said, will be enthusiastically participating in Lemonade Days again next year.

The money raised over the past 10 years has gone toward funding more than 150 cutting-edge research projects, creating a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment and developing resources to help anyone affected by childhood cancer.

To donate to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, visit www.alexslemonade.org.

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