New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Siblings raise $1,325 in benefit

- By Saul Flores

MILFORD — Brooklyn and AJ Farrell showed off their charitable side last weekend — and it was all sparked after stopping off for some lemonade while at the dog park.

The pair, both students at Mathewson Elementary School, opened their own lemonade stand Monday with plans to donate the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, which first emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer.

“We saw the lemonade, and they thought it was a cool idea, I said it would be even cooler if we didn’t collect the money for ourselves but instead give it to kids who need it more than us,” Lisa Farrell, Brooklyn and AJ’s mom and a teacher at Foran High School.

“We had talked about September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month because I have had students who have had cancer and passed away,” Farrell added, “and we know kids that have had cancer.”

Overall, Brooklyn, a third grader, and AJ, a fourth grader, raised $1,325 for the foundation, which is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada.

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