Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar Aims to Raise $1 Million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to Help Fight Childhood Cancer

| August 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

This past month, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar honored a local hero faced with the challenges of childhood cancer at an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Hero’s Birthday Celebration. Sophia and her family were treated to a whimsically themed unicorn party for her 7th birthday complete with a real-live unicorn.

Applebee’s® Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants nationwide and locally in California have teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to take a stand against childhood cancer in a month-long fundraising campaign. Now through Sunday, August 12, more than 1,050 participating Applebee’s restaurants aim to raise $1 million to help fund cutting-edge medical research. Restaurants will raise money in a variety of ways including donating a portion of lemonade sales, selling paper lemons and hosting a series of fundraising events in their neighborhoods.

One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn two and yet pediatric cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. When one child is diagnosed with cancer, it touches their entire community. This is Applebee’s 14th year supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and helping neighborhoods and communities impacted by pediatric cancer. Go to to watch a video that illustrates how guests’ donations have made an impact on the fight against childhood cancer and spotlights one childhood cancer hero who, like thousands of others, the Foundation helps every day.

“Since 2005, Applebee’s restaurants have raised more than $8.2 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and we are driven to bring that total to more than $9.2 million this year,” said John Cywinski, president, Applebee’s. “Our franchisees and team members are incredibly passionate about Alex’s mission, and it’s wonderful to see everyone come together to support a cause that’s so important.”

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was established in 2005 to continue the mission of four-year-old Alex, who while fighting her own battle against cancer, set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for “doctors to find a cure” for all childhood cancers.

“Applebee’s continues to be a dedicated partner for the Foundation. With all of the work they’ve done over the years to help us in our goal to find a cure for pediatric cancer, they’ve become part of our family,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Alex’s mom. “We could not express how thankful we are for the role that Applebee’s team members and guests play in helping our Foundation find new cures and support our hero families.”

Visit to find participating locations or to donate online.

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