EAST PEORIA — The sixth Nathan and Olivia’s Lemonade for St. Jude will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a new location this year due to the size of this event…now being held at Armstrong School, 1848 Highview Road, in East Peoria.
New this year will be games, merchandise, a lemonade drive thru, and custom SnapChat filters.
The community is invited to enjoy a cold glass of lemonade, cheer on the runners, and help Olivia give back to St. Jude.
In 2013, Nathan Pennington was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the brain cancer medulloblastoma. He was just 4 years old. Treatment began under the care of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria and included surgery, radiation and intense chemotherapy all of which led to many devastating side effects for Nathan.
St. Jude provided treatment and countless support services and there was hope the hospital’s commitment to research would lead to a cure for Nathan.
Desiring to give back, Nathan’s dad Corey joined the East Peoria to Peoria St. Jude Run, one of many central Illinois teams running to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer on the day of the local St. Jude Telethon. Nathan’s little sister, Olivia, was 3 years old and determined to do something to help too.
Neighbors helped her run a lemonade stand in the yard and that first year she raised a few hundred dollars for St. Jude. Nathan and Olivia’s Lemonade Stand for St. Jude was born and just two years later the stand had hundreds of visitors, including St. Jude run teams and raised $1,500.
In 2016, Nathan, whose cancer had returned for a third time, and Olivia decided to set a fundraising goal of $5,000. They raised over $7,000 thanks to the generous community and runners.
Just a few weeks after the lemonade stand, the family learned Nathan’s cancer had spread. He died on Jan. 21, 2017. Olivia quickly expressed a desire to continue the lemonade stand and raised over $8,000 in 2018.