For the sixth year in a row a local Pekin family hosted Carson’s Lemonade Raid to help raise money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. The idea came from their son, Carson, who overcame a brainstem tumor at age 4.
“He turned to his mom while he was in the kitchen one day and said ‘hey I’d like to have a lemonade stand to raise money for St. Jude so that kids like me can get better’.” said Todd Ladage, his dad.
The stand only accepts donations and was prompted outside of the Kroger in the town. The Kroger was also home to the Ride For Our Lives motorcycle excursion around Central Illinois.
After the ceremony with Carson and his family, bikers geared up and went to several Krogers around the area to spread the message of cancer research.
This year is special because the Ladage’s may hit their $100,000 mark that they set out at the start of the event. They currently have a little more than $86,000 and are hoping today’s event will push them over the edge.
Todd Ladage says he is extremely happy with how the event has continued to grow and he hopes more people will get involved for next year.