By Sandy Meyer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a charity that began in 2000 by a little girl named Alexandra Scott who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of one in 1997. It started as a simple lemonade stand by a five-year-old girl and has since become a national charity aimed at finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

Ten-year-old Olivia Arozarena of Lithia is raising funds for this worthwhile cause by selling homemade items during the FishHawk garage sale on Saturday, October 19. Olivia has been busy hand crafting wallets, phone cases, pencil and makeup bags out of zip lock bags and duct tape. The result is amazing, beautiful and durable gadget bags that are great for kids and adults alike. She is also making bracelets out of rubber bands of all sizes with her own creative designs. All of the items Olivia has created will be available for donations during the Fishhawk garage sale with all proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

When asked why she chose this particular charity she said, “I chose Alex’s because she was a little girl with cancer and I’m a little kid too so I wanted to donate for kids.”  Cancer has also touched her own life. Her mother Jodi, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma right before she found out she was pregnant with Olivia. “After Olivia was born, she was checked for cancer because melanoma is the only kind of cancer that can metastasize to a fetus,” Jodi said.  Happily, Olivia was born healthy and cancer-free, but Jodi has continued to have bouts yearly and she has to keep watch of each new freckle.

In addition to the handmade bags and bracelets, Olivia will also be selling beautiful handmade greeting cards created by her grandmother. Cost of all items will be determined by the customer as it will reflect a donation to pediatric cancer.  Look for the pink and white balloons on Skylarkcrest Dr. during the FishHawk garage sale and help Olivia meet her goal of $100 for Alex’s Lemonade stand.


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