10th Annual Lemon Run: 'It's positive this year because she's free of cancer.'

Antionette Lee
November 11, 2018 - 11:33 am

Antionette Lee | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than 3,000 people put their feet to the pavement in Fairmount Park Sunday to support the fight against childhood cancer at the 10th Annual Lemon Run for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Frank Troiano says his granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 9-months-old. He reflected on their first Lemon Run.

"This is a lot (more) positive this year because she's 5 years free of cancer," he said. "So it's a lot different today, it's a lot more positive so we just pray for the rest of the poor children."

Today, 8-year-old Guliana appears to be a happy, healthy girl and excited to participate in this year's race.

"Yes, because I get to run!," she shouted. 

Instead of a Wheaties power breakfast, she opted for something a little more kid-friendly.

"I had a milkshake," she told KYW Newsradio.

The event kicked off with a 100-meter Kid's Dash for all children ages 8 and under. After a brief inspirational program, the run started at Memorial Hall and then through the park.

One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20, according to the organization. They hope to help to change the lives of children with cancer by funding research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

Many of the attendees said that's what the day is about.

"Were helping for cancer cure, were running for Team Gusto," said a 9-year-old participant.

To learn more about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, click here.