SOMERS, N.Y. (PIX11)—Ryder Pelkey is enjoying kindergarten and playing with his friends. And that makes his parents Katie and Shawn Pelkey extremely happy.
Their 5-year old son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in March of 2011. After completing 54 weeks of chemotherapy along with 40 days of radiation, the brave little boy is now in full remission.
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Ryder has also been busy raising money for pediatric cancer research through his lemonade stand, which sits on the property of Stuarts Farm -- his family's farm in Somers, N.Y. The Pelkey's have teamed up with the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. It's named after Alex Scott, who before losing her battle with Neuroblastoma at the age of 8, set up a lemonade stand in front of her home in Pennsylvania to raise money for research to help other children with cancer. The concept caught on, and before long, lemonade stands popped up across the country. All of the proceeds from Ryder's stand go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
"This is our way to give back for pediatric cancer, and the awareness as well. It's not as rare as everyone thinks it is," said Ryder's mom, Katie Pelkey.
You'll get a big smile from Ryder, if you get to his stand before it closes at the end of October.
If you'd like to make an online donation, go to: http://www.alexslemonade.org/contribute
Edited By Michelle Robinson