Monday, August 17, 2009

Anthony Adams holding grand lemonade event

It's been a memorable summer for Anthony Adams.

He's the 7-year-old cancer survivor who has set up lemonade stands all over the region to raise money for research so other children will have a slimmer chance of getting the disease.

To date, Anthony (pictured above at one of his five lemonade stands) he's served up 22 gallons of lemonade, 20 dozen Rice Krispies treats, 10 dozen brownies and a like amount of cookies to raise $1,145.08 for his favorite charity, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

To boot, he's been served up a little fame, with stories in the newspaper, and on TV. People tend to know his story when they see his lemonade stand and have stopped by to buy a cup of lemonade and to thank him for his compassion.

Tuesday, Anthony's partnering with Persis-Nova Homes to put on his Grand Lemonade Stand Event at one of the company's developments, Stillwell Village on Babe Stillwell Road in the Birkdale community near Huntersville.

Persis-Nova is grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Anthony will be doing his thing.

Christine Plaisted of Persis sent out 1,500 invitations, among them all the real estate agents the company works with. It's the company's way of giving back, and everyone's invited -- though there's a limited supply of food and T shirts that Persis will give the first to support Anthony and his cause.

Anthony's carried on with his stand because "he doesn't think it's fair that kids get cancer," said Christie Adams, his mother and biggest cheerleader. "He also understands that he is helping make a difference by giving back."

Yet for all his giving, he's getting something back.

"He's delighted to be famous," his mother said.

So if you want to support Anthony one last time before school starts (he will be setting up a couple lemonade stands on weekends in the fall), head over to Stillwell Village. Directions to the event: Take I-77 north to exit 25 and turn left toward Birkdale. Turn left on Babe Stillwell Road (just past Blythe Landing) and Stillwell Village will be a half-mile on the right.

Now that school is days away, send The Cliff your favorite stories about life on the Lemonade Brigade circuit. What did you learn? What were your favorite moments? How much lemonade did you sell and how much money did you raise?

You may be famous, too.