Raise over $1500 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand
By Sara Brown
Two years ago when sisters Kayla and Jordan Martelli were thinking of what to do for their summer bucket list, the idea of a lemonade stand came up.
However, it went one step further. Young Kayla Martelli told her mother that she wanted to raise the money for a charity.
“I found a list of charities we could give the money to and she picked Alex’s Lemonade Stand. She liked the fact lemonade was in the title,” mom Susan Martelli joked.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
The lemonade stand has now become a regular event in the Martelli sister’s summers.
“It’s amazing. All of their teachers say what good girls they are and how they care for people,” Susan Martelli said.
“I am extremely proud. There is no book on parenting and these sorts of things let you know you are doing it right,” Father Don Martelli said.
For Kayla and Jordan, who attend the Whelan Elementary School, hosting the lemonade stand is what they are most excited about each summer.
“It’s lots of fun. I get to spend a lot of time with my family. My cousins were there too and helped,” Kayla said.
Kayla plans on having the lemonade stand every summer.
“I like to help people. Maybe one day they will find a cure and people won’t have to go through pain anymore,” Kayla said.
The sisters hosted the lemonade stand last Saturday outside their Revere household and had a fantastic time. Most of the neighbors bought a refreshing cup of lemonade and even sold a cup to city councillor Brian Arrigo.
“It was a beautiful day,” Susan Martelli said.
So far the sisters have risen over $1500 for the charity from online donations and the actual lemonade stand.
“We made $200 the day of the lemonade stand and the rest has come from online donations,” Susan Martelli said.
The sisters have also learned some valuable lessons along the way.
“They are learning to give back and how fortune they are,” Susan Martelli said.
Kayla is already looking forward to next summer’s lemonade stand.
“Dad said we could run it on our own next time,” she said excitedly.
Don Martelli hopes his daughters serves as inspiration for other Revere children.
“Summer can be about fun and the going to the beach but also giving back,” he said.
To donate click http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/113762