TRIVOLI, Illinois (WMBD) — A Trivoli family hosted a lemonade stand in honor of their son Tucker on Sunday.
“We don’t call him ‘Tucker Tough’ for nothing.”
Tucker’s mother, Morgan Jones, said Sunday, June 6, was the 2-year anniversary of his cancer diagnosis.
“You learn to throw your sense of control out the window when you become a cancer mom,” Jones said. “Put one foot in front of the other. Just keep going.”
She said that after seeing an episode of “Curious George” with a lemonade stand, they had the idea of having one of their own. Jones said this turns the sad birthday into a happy day.
Jones said the money raised from the lemonade stand will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Alex’s lemonade stand.
“Both of them got us to where we are today,” Jones said. “He wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be okay without them all.”
Jones said she is now and will continue to be an advocate for childhood cancer research.
“I will create awareness for these children for the rest of my life,” Jones said. “We lose too many children; we introduce too many cancer families to our club that no one wants to join. So this is how we give back. He is worth it. These babies are all worth it.”
Jones said she is amazed at how well Tucker, almost 5, is coping with his illness.
“He’s resilient,” Jones said. “He can be sent out under anesthesia for an epidural and be up in half an hour with Oreos and milk. Don’t even think about it. He’s going to have chemo and comes home 45 minutes later and wants to play outside with his brother.’
Tucker’s family reported that they raised $2,300 in the four hours, not counting online donations.
Jones said Tucker has been in remission since August 2020 and his current treatment is expected to end in December 2021.