Rebecca and Jenna Blum will be at the Chappaqua Farmers Market this Saturday morning to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, an organization that funds pediatric cancer research.
Not even a pandemic can deter Jenna and Rebecca Blum from their annual fundraising efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer.
For the eighth year, the Chappaqua sisters will sell their freshly squeezed lemonade at the Saturday morning farmers’ market in the hamlet to raise money, so maybe one day kids and families dealing with childhood cancer will see that there is a cure .
Over the past seven years, they have raised more than $ 15,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
“It’s good to know that even though there’s no cure, we’re making a little difference and it’s still something,” says Jenna Blum, 13, who is three years younger than Rebecca.
On Friday evening, the sisters freshly squeeze hundreds of lemons to make about 10 liters of lemonade. They plan to get up shortly after 6am on a Saturday and mix the lemon juice with water and sugar and head to their table at the market, which is now held in the parking lot at the back of Chappaqua train station.
Despite the seriousness of the cause that Jenna and Rebecca support, they make sure they are having a good time. The farmers market is usually where their friends and people they know in town come by to help and say goodbye.
“It’s always fun because we put on music (and) we do it as a family, and we all smile together,” said Rebecca.
If the long-term weather forecast holds up, there could be more business than usual this week with the first summer weather of the year.
Farmers market visitors and thirsty locals can contribute whatever they want for a cup of lemonade. The sisters get another jar filled with lemon heads, and for the person closest to guessing the number, he wins half the pot. Each bet costs $ 1.
A new wrinkle this year is that Jenna and Rebecca are making and selling bracelets with yellow and blue beads, the official colors of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Trying to help other families affected by cancer is personal to Jenna and Rebecca as well. About four and a half years ago they lost their grandfather, Papa Neal, to cancer. It is a way for them to honor his legacy by exploiting the booth in his honor.
For the eighth consecutive year, they have also found a way to raise money by hosting a fundraising event. Last year, during the depths of the pandemic, they held a pizza pop-up party when they could arrange for a local pizza truck to spend two hours in their block. The owner donated 15 percent of the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Jenna Blum said the operators of the Chappaqua Farmers Market have always been generous in allowing them to set up a booth for their Saturday every year. This is again the case this year.
So far, they’ve raised about $ 1,100 ahead of Saturday’s sale.
“We are somehow helping fund research to hopefully help find a cure, which is very good to know because while it’s not like there is a cure yet, it’s always good to know that will help you take steps towards that, ”said Rebecca Blum.
The Chappaqua Farmers Market is open from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. To learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Blum sisters’ efforts, visit www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/2472058