Warriors present $116K check for pediatric cancer research

Wilton residents and Warriors for a Cure team leaders Jeff Snyder and David Pennino presented a $115,822 check on behalf of their fund-raising team to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation founder and fellow Wilton resident Jay Scott at O’Neill’s Pub in South Norwalk the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Warriors for a Cure, comprised of Wilton and Norwalk residents, was the top Alex’s Million Mile fund-raising team for the fourth year in a row.

“I never cease to be amazed at what Warriors for a Cure is able to do. Every year, I try to get my team to beat them, but I just can’t keep up,” said Scott.

“While I’m so grateful for the amazing number of miles and donations they contribute, it is the people on this team that I find incredibly inspiring.”

The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s annual Alex’s Million Mile is a month-long initiative held in September — National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — during which teams from around the country work to run, walk and ride a collective total of one million miles to raise awareness and funds for pediatric research.

This year, more than 450 teams participated in the Million Mile, completing a total of 1,030,962 miles and raising $909,954.

Warriors for a Cure surpassed its $75,000 fund-raising goal this year and completed 24,169 miles.

“As the father of a daughter who is battling this disease, I am overwhelmed by the amount of support from the local community, friends, employees, and others who are committed to finding a cure for pediatric cancer,” said Snyder, CEO of Norwalk-based Inspira Marketing.

“As a team, we thought we would never be able to surpass our fund-raising total from last year, which was over $70,000, but this community continues to surprise us, and we’re thrilled to have raised over $115,000 for pediatric cancer research.”

During the Wednesday evening ceremony, Pennino was presented with The Big Squeeze Award for being the team’s top fund-raiser, and Norwalk Chief of Staff Laoise King congratulated the team and Alex’s Lemonade Stand on behalf of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling.

“It’s amazing to be part of a community that is so deeply involved and passionate about a great cause,” said Pennino, CEO of Norwalk-based LogicSource.

“I’m incredibly proud of LogicSource. My team was incredibly motivated in our fund-raising efforts — from a lemonade stand outside the office to the many miles contributed to Warriors for a Cure.”

Pennino said Alex’s Million Mile “continues to bring an outstanding amount of positivity and hope to our community and beyond.”

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand

The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by Scott’s daughter Alexandra, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of 4.

Alex held her first childhood cancer fund-raiser in her front yard in 2000 and raised more than $2,000. By the time of her death in 2004, Alex had not only raised $1 million, but also inspired a legacy of hope and cures for childhood cancer.

Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a national fund-raising entity that has raised upwards of $100 million for pediatric cancer research.

To learn more, visit alexslemonade.org.