Metro cyclists ride in Freedom Ride to fight childhood cancer

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The United We Ride Chapter of Kansas City hosted a Freedom Ride to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and help the fight against childhood cancer.

The cycling event started at the Independence Events Center, 19100 East Valley View Parkway in Independence at 7 a.m. More than 200 cyclist participated in the road routes that ranged from 35 to 85 miles.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for children with cancer

Susan Blowey is the community outreach specialist for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

"This is a great fundraising event. We hope to raise 20,000," Blowey said.

The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $80 million towards fulfilling Alex's dream of finding a cure for childhood cancer.

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