San Diego Family Continues Quest for a Cure | Hosts Annual Alex's Lemonade Grand Stand for Childhood Cancer on July 26

July 22, 2014

In their continuing efforts to help find a cure for all childhood cancers, the Miller family and friends will host their 9th Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand Grand Stand on Saturday, July 26, from 10am to 6pm, at 3366 Adams Avenue in Normal Heights (The Masonic Lodge Parking Lot). The Miller Family Grand Stand will be held in memory of Stephen Thomas, a San Diego resident who bravely fought rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of childhood cancer, losing his life to the disease at just 15 years of age.

The Miller family began holding their lemonade stands after hearing the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott at a play date. With two healthy young girls, the family was thankful for their good fortune, but wanted to get involved. Each year the Miller Stand has grown, and they plan to continue raising funds and awareness of the deadly disease for years to come.

In addition to honoring Stephen Thomas, the Miller Grand Stand will also honor 8-year-old Kimi Schroder who is currently fighting neuroblastoma. Kimi was diagnosed in September 2010, and after 6 rounds of chemotherapy, tumor resection surgery, stem cell transplant, radiation and antibody therapy, she achieved remission for 2 years. In April of this year, Kimi relapsed and has since been in treatment full time. Kimi is a vibrant, precocious, and out-going young lady. She loves to be around people and is very social. She loves to sing and dance. She has played Little League baseball the last three years and loves to go boogie-boarding and to ride her bike.

Along with lemonade and FM 94.9 broadcasting live, the Miller Family Grand Stand is slated to include various family friendly activities for children of all ages. Among the activities on the agenda is a silent auction, child ID program, clowns with balloons, creating cards for kids in the hospital and more. The day will also include live music from local San Diego bands. Viva Pops will be making three flavors of lemonade pops, and the sales from those will be donated to the stand. Attendees are invited to come dressed in costume, hold signs, pour lemonade and be a part of the stand if they wish. While supplies last, there will be LEGOLAND tickets available in quantities of 4 for $160 or 2 for $80. Community members and businesses that are not able to attend can still contribute to helping the Miller family meet their fundraising goal of $15,000 by visiting

Finally, Blind Lady Ale House will be donating 20% of their sales throughout the day to the cause, and Hunter Steakhouse will sell tritip and chicken sandwiches at the event with proceeds going to the stand.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, has raised more than $80 million towards fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 450 research projects nationally.