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Girl hosts lemonade stand for childhood cancer research

June 8, 2014

By Julie Blum, Columbus Telegram, Neb.

June 08--COLUMBUS -- Lemonade stands are common for children to have during the summer months.

One local girl has been holding her own for eight years. Instead of pocketing the change she receives from sales of the sweet drink, Madeline Hudnall donates her earnings to a cause to help others her own age and younger.

Hudnall, 12, has operated an Alex's Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. She held her first one at her house after getting the idea from seeing a logo for Alex's Lemonade Stand on a table tent at a restaurant.

Alex's Lemonade Stand was started by Alexandra Scott, of Connecticut, who was diagnosed with cancer before her first birthday. When she was 4, she decided to open a lemonade stand to raise money to help other children who were diagnosed with cancer.

The stand became an annual event for Scott and her family. Scott died at the age of 8, but not after her fundraising efforts gained national attention. Others began to hold their own stands to gain donations to the cause.

Hudnall was inspired to start her own stand because of her friend, Charli Preister, who was battling cancer.

"I wanted to do it for her," she said.

Hudnall continued with her effort over the years and has raised more than $6,000. Her stand has moved from the home of her parents, Delanie and Eric, to Hy-Vee.

Her goal this year is to raise $2,500 by selling lemonade, water, cookies, bracelets and T-shirts. The stand opened Friday and Saturday. It will be open again from noon-4 p.m. today.

Hudnall has help at her stand from her friends and little sister, Lily. There also has been local children who have had or are battling cancer at the booth signing autographs and posing for photos including Preister and Sam Nahorny. Andy Gassman will be there today.

Aside from purchasing a drink, people can also take part in the Lemon Smile Challenge where they can bite into a lemon wedge and have their photo taken and posted at the stand.

Donations to Hudnall's effort also can be made by going to


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