Local girl raises money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand
For a second year the Lower Moreland community has embraced 11-year-old Isabella Duarte’s dream of curing cancer. Isabella, along with several of her friends, hosted a lemonade stand at the Jenkintown Acme as part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s National Lemonade Days June V.
In just three hours, Isabella and her friends raised A806 in cash and an additional A300 in online donations, totalling more than A1,100 in donations. All the money will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is working to find a cure for childhood cancers.
Isabella said she was excited to raise so much money for the organization and hopes that someday it will find a cure. She said the stand was done in memory of two local children, Sarah Burke and Kyle Snyder, who lost their lives to cancer.
For every dollar people donated to Isabella’s stand they received a raffle ticket for items that were donated by several local businesses. Additionally, there were bakery items donated by Acme and the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory that could be purchased by donation.
“I really think the stuff that she’s doing is making a difference in the community,” Isabella’s mother, Stephanie Duarte, said. She said because of Isabella’s volunteering, her friends have been inspired to give back to the community, as well. “That’s the point — to get other people involved.”
Isabella, who avidly volunteers, will be hosting her next fundraiser called the Giving Grill at Whole Foods Markets in Jenkintown Sept. 8. All the money collected will be donated to Share Our Strength, which provides meals to children in schools and food banks.
For her volunteer work, Isabella was recognized with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award in the spring.
Event organizer Isabella Duarte, 11, second from left, and several of her friends celebrate Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s National Lemonade Days by selling lemonade and treats June 9.