Gavin's lemonade stand a big success

Mendota first responders were the first to respond to a lemonade stand set up on Meadowview Drive in support of Gavin Springsteen through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money to help cure childhood cancer. Showing their support by purchasing a cup of lemonade, left to right, are Dennis Rutishauser, fire chief; Brady Rutishauser, firefighter/paramedic; Greg Kellen, police chief, holding Gavin; Daniel Hernandez, police officer; Tyler Kent, deputy police chief; and Joshua Sarver, police sergeant. (Reporter photo)

MENDOTA – A fundraiser to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was a huge success in Mendota on May 31.

The lemonade stand was held in support of 6-year-old Gavin Springsteen, who was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma in September of 2020 and was given a 40-50% chance of survival. Gavin is the son of Michael and Allie Springsteen of Rock Island. His mom, Allie, is the former Allie Nowlin of Mendota.

The lemonade stand raised $2,147 to help support neuroblastoma research. The family is thankful and blessed for everyone’s support to help fund research and hopefully make the survival rate for neuroblastoma a better outcome.

There have also been many donations given online, upping the total donation to $2,792. You can still donate at  

If you’d like to continue to follow along with Gavin’s journey he has a Facebook page: Gavin strong 111.


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