AZ boy hosts annual lemonade stand to help fight childhood cancer

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In his continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, P.J. Bartos, of Peoria, will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand Monday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia.

This will mark P.J.'s 7th annual Alex's Lemonade Stand, with each bringing a continued growth.

On President's Day 2009, at the age of 6, P.J. served lemonade in his driveway to help kids with cancer. He raised $1,318 at his very first lemonade stand, and went on to announce that he wanted to raise $50,000 by the time he graduated high school. To date, P.J. and his friends have raised more than $27,000.

"I'm so motivated because I want to help kids who are very sick right now," P.J. told 3TV's Javier Soto.

In addition to serving lemonade, P.J.'s event will feature a coin-counting truck sponsored by Midfirst Bank, raffles, prizes, treats from Firebirds, Pizzeria Bianco, Rita's Water Ice and more. Midfirst will match donations dumped into the truck!

Since its inception in 2000, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott 's dream of finding a cure, funding over 475 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

P.J.'s lemonade stand is at Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia, 12575 W. Golf Club Drive, Peoria.