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9-year-old sells lemonade, plans to donate proceeds to cancer fund

MADAWASKA, Maine — What is better than a good, old fashioned lemonade stand on a hot summer day? How about one that donates all the proceeds to a cancer fund. That is what 9-year-old Alexis Berube planned to do with the money she made from selling lemonade in front of her home in Madawaska.

Alexis Berube holds a sign to entice passersby to stop for lemonade in front of her home on Thursday. (Morgan Mitchell)

Alexis set up the lemonade stand in her front yard Thursday, where the temperatures reached into the 90s. Her mother, Shannon Berube, said that Alexis wanted to have a lemonade stand but didn’t know what to do with the money.

“She asked, ‘Well, what do we do with the money?’” mom recalled. “We decided to donate it.”

The cause they selected is the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, an organization that dedicates resources and funds toward medical and traveling expenses of Valley residents and their families who are affected by cancer.

“My mother has breast cancer, and while this money might not directly go to her, there are people that can’t afford to travel to their appointments,” said Shannon Berube.

Alexis served four customers in the first hour of opening her stand and said she was excited about the cause.

“I wanted to do this so that way I could get money and donate it to something,” Alexis said. “They’re going to get money from me so that way people can get better.”

Alexis only made $12, selling lemonade at 25 cents per glass that first day, but then moved the stand to her family’s camp on Friday. By the end of the weekend, the youngster had sold enough lemonade and accepted enough additional family donations to give more than $150 to the cancer fund, according to Shannon Berube.

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