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GAB: 8-year-old Grayson resident fights cancer with lemonade stand

8-year-old Grayson resident fights cancer with lemonade stand

With the help of his neighbors, 8-year-old Alex Block of Grayson hosted a lemonade stand to raise money to battle childhood cancer on Sunday, June 8 as part of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s National Lemonade Days. The foundation was started in 2004 by Alexandra Scott, a childhood cancer fighter who challenged the nation to raise $1 million to go towards finding a cure for kids with cancer, one cup of lemonade at a time.

Alex Block’s friend, Rebecca, was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2013. She went through several treatments but the tumor came back a few months ago, and she is now in a new clinical trial. Proceeds from Alex’s lemonade stand will go towards helping Rebecca and other children like her.

The stand on Sunday raised more than $2,500. For more information on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit www.alexslemonade.org.

Local residents to paddle 110 miles on Chattahoochee River

In a seven-day kayaking and canoeing trip, 13 Gwinnett residents will travel down the Chattahoochee River from Cumming to Franklin June 21 through June 27. The Paddle Georgia event is in its tenth year of raising money to protect Georgia’s rivers and educating citizens about those waterways. The trips have generated over $180,000 in total.

“Last year, the event sold out in less than 24 hours,” said April Ingle, executive director of the Georgia Rivers Network. “The response has been overwhelming. After ten years, it has become a trip that people mark on their calendars and look forward to all year.”

Participants in the trip will not only journey down the Chattahoochee but will also have the opportunity to explore historic sites and water treatment facilities along their route, as well as take part in a research program to check the current status of the river’s health. For more information on the Paddle Georgia trip, visit www.garivers.org.

Community yard sale taking place on Saturday

BusiNeighbor Inc. is hosting its third annual community yard sale at Lilburn Alliance Church on Saturday, June 14 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A selling spot at the yard sale is $20, and vendors are asked to bring their own tables and tents. The event will also feature bounce houses, hot dogs, nachos and cold drinks.

The church is located at 5915 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker. For more information, contact Lucille Golden-Blakey at 770-923-9713 or at lu433@bellsouth.net.

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