Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Andre T. Richard
BREMERTON, Wash. – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Junior Enlisted Association (JEA) held an event to help raise awareness for childhood cancer July 25.
The event, held in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), has raised more than $80 million since Alexandra Scott died from cancer at the age of 8, and has funded 450 cancer research projects at 102 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.
“The foundation started when she [Alexandra] started a lemonade stand to help her parents cover operation costs,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class, and JEA president, Chelsea Dell, from Altoona, Pa. “When Alex passed away her parents kept the lemonade stand going.”
Along with a lemonade stand, the event featured basketball, a bounce castle, potato sack races, egg relay races and field bowling for kids.
“We had approximately 60 people attend the event,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class, and JEA vice president, Jonte Johnson, from Miami. “Getting involved in the community shows civilians we are more than just Sailors.”
According to Dell, more than 20 Stennis Sailors volunteered for the event.
“This was one of the biggest events we have held all year,” said Dell. “We raised more than $200 and we couldn’t have done it without the hard work from the volunteers.”
For more information about the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation visit www.alexslemonade.org.