With bright eyes, rosy cheeks and wide smiles as they leaned over their little elbows selling lemonade, it was a scene of classic Americana with a twist at the Irvine Spectrum Saturday morning as kids sold the summer refreshment for pediatric cancer research.
The group was one of many across the country this weekend inspired by the story of Alexandra "Alex" Scott from Pennsylvania, a little girl who set up a lemonade stand in 2000 to raise money for cancer research. Alex had a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, that eventually took her life, but not before she inspired families nationwide.
One of those was the Taggart family, who up until two years ago lived in Costa Mesa. The Taggarts learned of Alexandra's story when their own son John was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. As he received treatment at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in 2005, John's parents read him the book "Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand," about that girl with the same disease as him in Pennsylvania.