Saturday is Lemonade Stand Day to help Childhood Cancer Campaign fundraising. 

June 3, 2022

Saturday is Lemonade Stand Day to help Childhood Cancer Campaign fundraising. 

The 15th annual Ludington Optimist Club Childhood Cancer Campaign Lemonade Stand Day will take place on Saturday, June 4 at locations throughout the Ludington, Scottville, and Fountain areas. All proceeds from the stands will go to assist the family of two-year-old Jacob Brault, Jr. (June) who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last December.

“When we found out June had leukemia, we were shocked and very, very emotional,” said Rae Clark, June’s mom. “We arrived at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital not knowing what to expect, with no overnight bags, no clothes, no nothing. It was a very scary time for us. We’ve appreciated the help from the Childhood Cancer Campaign because June has a long road ahead of him.”

“This fundraiser is about area kids and adults helping area kids,” said Tom Ezdebski, co-chair of the Childhood Cancer Campaign. “We have numerous stands being held and we are asking folks to stop and make a donation to help June and his family who are going through a difficult time.”

Stands will be at the following locations:

Businesses:

  1. Alley Bar & Grill, 223 S. James Street:  Debra Rees
  2. Brenda’s Harbor Café, 316 S. James Street:  Cassie Newman
  3. House of Flavors Restaurant, 402 W. Ludington Avenue:  Niki Shafer
  4. Hungry Howies Pizza, 5485 US 10:  AmiJo Voorheis
  5. Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast, 602 E. Ludington Avenue:  Jen Hinderer
  6. Lakeside Links Golf Course, 5369 W. Chauvez Road:  Abigail Ashley
  7. Liv Wildwood Apartments, 153 S. Wildwood Trail: Bambi Malone
  8. Riley’s Rendezvous Bar, 6626 US 10, Fountain: Diane Sommerfeldt
  9. Shop N Save, 5539 US 10: Tiffany Urka
  10. Todd and Brad Reed Art Gallery, 114 W. Ludington Avenue:  Debbie Reed
  11. West Shore Bank (East), 5725 W. US 10:  Mary Ezdebski

Individuals:

  1. 1237 Esther Road, Scottville:  Jody Shafer-Mezeske
  2. 609 New William Street, Ludington: Cassandra Koob
  3. 317 N. Gaylord Avenue, Ludington: Molli Eiserman
  4. 404 E. Filer Street, Ludington: Erika Burgess
  5. 809 E. Filer Street, Ludington: Serra Saxton
  6. 709 E. Foster Street, Ludington: Anna Medina
  7. 702 N. James Street, Ludington: Britt Schrader

Stands to be held at a later date:

  1. Leta’s Educational Childcare, 900 N. Washington Avenue: Leta Bowman
  2. Ludington Woods, 502 N. Sherman Street: Jessica Billings
  3. Safe Harbor Credit Union, 5511 US 10:  Blake Bailey

The lemonade is given for a donation, rather than sold for a set price.

Currently, the Ludington Optimist Club provides assistance to six area families who have a child with cancer. All of them travel frequently to Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor for medical appointments and chemotherapy treatments. The Childhood Cancer Campaign assists them by supplying gas cards to the families and help with other expenses such as groceries, utility and mortgage payments, and vehicle maintenance expenses.

“Each family lets us know what they need,” Ezdebski said. “It’s a very individualized program because every family’s needs are different. With the cost of everything going up, having a serious medical event can put families over the edge. The Childhood Cancer Campaign helps take some of the financial worry away so they can focus on the child’s treatment and healing.”

Please follow the Childhood Cancer Campaign Facebook page for updates.

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