Lemonade stand honors memory of 4-year-old who died of cancer

Tangi Cook of Grand Junction sells iced drinks Saturday at Alex’s Lemonade Stand outside Wal-Mart, 2545 Rimrock Ave. In the past four years, Cook and her sister, Tacia Thompson, have raised more than $4,000 for pediatric cancer research. They plan to sell lemonade today as well.

On a hot day, the offer of “Would you like some lemonade?” is a particular temptation. And if it’s for a good cause? Irresistible.

On Saturday, Tangi Cook, 32, of Grand Junction, operated a lemonade stand outside the Rimrock Wal-Mart, offering not only refreshment, but the opportunity to support pediatric cancer research. And she’ll do it again today.

Cook and her sister, Tacia Thompson, in four years of volunteering with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, have raised more than $4,000 for cancer research. They got involved with the foundation in 2005 after seeing the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott on “The Today Show.”

Scott, who lived in Connecticut, had neuroblastoma and decided, as a 4-year-old, to have a lemonade stand outside her home to raise money to help other kids who also had cancer. Alex died in 2004 at age 8, but her family and friends started the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to continue her legacy.

Cook, who works as an office manager for Eastern Reservoir Services, said she and Thompson felt strongly that this was something they wanted to support. This year, they sponsored an auction on Facebook with goods and services donated by area businesses.

“We called pretty much every business in town,” Cook said with a laugh.

At the lemonade stands at both exits outside Wal-Mart (Cook roped her boyfriend, Amador Stock, into manning one Saturday because Thompson’s son was sick), people could donate as much as they liked and receive a glass of lemonade on ice.

However, donations of $10 or $20 qualified them for prizes.

“So far, so good,” Cook said, adding they already have raised $2,000 so far this year.

She estimated one out of every 10 people who pass the stand stop by for a glass, unable to resist the offer of, “Would you like some lemonade?”


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