Lemonade Stand hopes to set world record to benefit children’s cancer researchWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of Toledo community leaders are coordinating a Guinness World Record attempt to help benefit children with cancer.
The group plans on breaking the record for the “World’s Longest Lemonade Stand” which currently sits at 2,571.5 feet. The half-mile long stand (2,640 feet) will be composed of 322 eight-foot tables built on the walking path at the Lucas County Rec Center and will feature cookies, water and Pepsi products along with lemonade. There will also be activities like face painting and carnival games.
“People always want to help out families with children with cancer but there’s not really much they can actually do,” Event Coordinator Dave Justus said. “By having a lemonade stand it allows people to help those families in a way that’s fun and meaningful and a way for them to give back. It allows people to get involved and help those families know they are supported.”
Justus has been touched personally by childhood cancer after he lost 8-year-old step-son Gabriel on April 26, 2010 from lung cancer. While Justus took Gabriel to Orlando to visit Spongebob Squarepants at Nickelodeon Studios as his wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gabriel received 5,000 Christmas cards from around the world when they arrived back home.
“A lot of families were asking what they could do to help,” Justus said. “We said there’s not much you can do but you can send him a Christmas card and let him know that you love him and you are thinking about him.”
To help support children fighting childhood cancer, the stand is allowing businesses, organizations and families to sponsor sections. Proceeds of the event are going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help find a cure for childhood cancer as well as the Bake-A-Difference Foundation for Childhood Cancer to help families with a child facing cancer.
The record will be attempted on June 11 from 9-5:30 p.m. Sponsorship and volunteering opportunities still exist. For more information, call 419-740-2717 or visit www.GotLemons.org.