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One cup at a time

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By The Staff

Even though she is only 10 years old, Paige Rodriguez has already learned the meaning of compassion, sacrifice and commitment.

The rising fifth grade student at Williston Elementary has chosen to devote part of her summer vacation to raising funds for cancer patients and cancer research by selling lemonade.

Inspired by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a Connecticut girl who had neuroblastoma, Paige opted to follow in her footsteps with an old-fashioned lemonade stand.

Alex, who died in 2004 at the age of 8, sold lemonade and raised more than $1 million to help fight the war against cancer. The theme “Fighting childhood cancer one cup at a time” lives on and this summer comes to Williston.

Each month, Paige and her supporters that include her mother Karry Foxx, will be at the entrance of Nature Coast Regional Hospital selling lemonade.

This past Tuesday was her first sale and within an hour of setting up shop, Paige had already reached her personal goal of $200.

“One man saw her sign by the road,” said Foxx, “drove by and gave her $40.”

“Iee^am extremely happy,” Paige said about meeting her goal so early on.

And she’s already excited about sales for July and August.

Alex’s Lemonade was chosen, her mother said, after Paige announced about a month ago that she wanted to do some charitable fund-raising this summer.

After researching what a 10-year-old could do, it was without hesitation that she picked the lemonade stand.

“I think it’s a special thing to donate money to people who have cancer,” Paige said.

Her efforts, and those backed by her support team of aunts and cousins, are dedicated to the memory of Jack Wright, a patient of her aunt’s who died from cancer at the age of 18 in Miami.

The Morriston native will announce the next lemonade sale date in the Pioneer.

Updates are also posted on facebook and Twitter.

For more information on how you can help or participate, visit alexslemonade.org.