We get to meet the Ingles!

June 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm 4 comments

This summer we have some amazing interns. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kenny on collecting and archiving stories that have come in.  I asked him to write about his favourite so far and he immediately knew he wanted to share the Ingle’s story. By sheer coincidence, Alex is in town RIGHT NOW and his family has agreed to let us meet him. Show your support and encouragement for Alex and his family by posting here, tweeting or posting on facebook your messages using #lemonadelove and we’ll share with him tomorrow.  Read his story below and I think you’ll understand why we are so excited to meet Alex and his family …


Written by Kenny Orchard

Throughout my short time working with Lemonade Day, I have read many heart- warming stories that truly show the impact the program has on communities. One story that stands out came from a small town in North Carolina.

Above: Alex Ingle stands with his mother Vickie, father Brad, sister Molly and dogs Buster and Beethoven at their home Wednesday. (Photo by Scott Muthersbaugh)

Alex Ingle, a 6th grader at Burlington Christian Academy, was always an upbeat and energetic kid. In 2009, Alex was diagnosed with a very rare and dangerous type of cancer. The Ingles were heart- broken. The disease not only came as a tragedy to the family, but also touched the entire community in a major way. What happened next was truly inspirational.

Alex seemed to have won the fight in November of 2010, but suddenly relapsed in December. His mother was heartbroken once again, writing, “My heart is broke. Alex has relapsed in a major way. He has hot spots in five different areas of his body. We need prayers and a miracle.”

Burlington Christian Academy decided to lend support to the Ingles. Alex was part of the BCA community. They were not going to have a member of their community fight this battle on his own. The school held multiple events in order to raise money for the family. The community also directly showed their support by babysitting the younger sister and cooking meals. When the teachers and students of BCA found out about Lemonade Day, they were all thrilled to be able to raise more money for Alex and his family. The kids worked hard finding investors, building their stands, making the lemonade; all trying to make the most money they could for their suffering friend. The school ended up raising a total of $3,800 for the Ingles.

The director of student ministries at BCA, Cathy Moffett, reported that Lemonade Day “was a wonderful outpouring of love for that family.”

The mother of a 1st grader at BCA stated, “This program taught her [daughter] quite a bit about starting her own business, but even more about extending a hand to those in need; and for that, as a parent, I am truly grateful.”

I think it is incredible how one program can have the power to gather an entire community and get them to aid a family in such a major way. The donation was a huge success. The money helped Alex pay for travel costs to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he currently is being treated. I am proud to be a part of a program that had such a positive effect on the Ingles and the entire community of Burlington Christian Academy. Lemonade Day exemplified how it can have a direct impact in helping Alex and his family, but how it also taught kids that giving to those in need is an essential skill in life. Though it is not capable of curing Alex’s disease, Lemonade Day gives hope to a family and a community, who simply wants one thing: a happy and healthy child and friend. I believe this program has the ability to repeat this life-changing outcome on hundreds of thousands of people across America.


UPDATE: I just found out that Alex Ingle and his family are currently in Houston undergoing treatment. I have arranged to meet them tomorrow. I would love to share your well wishes with the Ingles. Please comment here, tweet, post on our facebook page your encouragement using #lemonadelove and I will share your notes with the family.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ian Smith  |  June 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    This is great! I can’t wait to meet Alex! This is an inspirational story and a well written article, all for a great program and wonderful people!

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  • 2. Skye  |  June 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    This is a great story! I wish the best for Alex and his family. Hang in there Alex!

    Reply
  • 3. Trina  |  June 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    What a great story.My prayers r with u Alex and your family too.Much love to u.Stay strong Alex.

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  • 4. Lemonade Day Goes to Ronald McDonald House «  |  June 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    […] As you may recall, Alex Ingle is a 6th grader at Burlington Christian Academy in North Carolina. He receives treatment for his cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. With our headquarters located in Houston, Lemonade Day contacted Ms. Ingle to check if Alex was in town. Luckily, he was! […]

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