If you are a student at the University of Central Florida looking to get involved for a good cause, you’ll need to know about The Lemon Club at UCF.
Nick Diver, a senior majoring in Pre-Med, is in the process of bringing Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to UCF by the end of spring semester. Diver hopes to raise money and awareness at one of the largest schools in the nation.
As of now, there are 15 interested students in The Lemon Club at UCF. Diver and his former high school baseball teammate, Zac Holbrook, came together to organize the club on campus.
The founder of ALSF, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, started the organization back in 2000 at 4-years-old after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. She held lemonade stands in her backyard to benefit childhood cancer research. Alex reached her goal of $1 million before passing away at 8-years-old.
Diver has a personal connection with Alex. Growing up, Diver and Alex were childhood friends, and he had the chance to know her before she passed away. “Alex was a family friend and the most unselfish person I have ever known. She was always giving back, even when she needed help the most,” Diver said.
Recently, The Lemon Club at UCF had its first event on Jan. 9 and 10 for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. By volunteering in a booth, they were able to raise one hundred dollars for ALSF. Diver and Holbrook hope to plan more volunteer events in the future.
One of the reasons Diver is going into the medical field is to help children like Alex and work to end cancer. He said he is excited to carry out her legacy on campus and raise money for pediatric cancer research.
For students who wish to learn more about the organization on campus, Diver encourages them to check out the Facebook page: The Lemon Club at UCF. For those who want to find out more information on the organization, check out the ALSF website: AlexLemonade.org.