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Turning lemons into a plum position

A West Chester lawyer has moved from promoting lemonade stands to serving on the board of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Turning lemons into a plum position

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Joel Frank is eager to continue the success of Alex's Lemonade.

About a year ago, Joel Frank, a West Chester lawyer, had a strong reaction to a presentation by Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of Alexandra Scott.

The 5-year-old from Lower Merion made national headlines after launching a series of lemonade stands to benefit childhood cancer research before succumbing to the disease. “I really felt like I needed to do something,” Frank said.

The Scotts were looking for a way to expand their network of lemonade stands, an effort that has raised more than $40 million for childhood cancer since 2004.  Frank , managing partner at Lamb McErlane, a West Chester law firm, assisted the couple in making connections in the West Chester area, paving the way for a successful initiative in June that involved the Chester County Bar Association, a multitude of lawyers, and six lemonade stands.

Working with the Scotts was such a positive experience that he did not hesitate to accept a recent invitation to serve on the board of the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, he said. “The Scotts have such a compelling story,” Frank said, adding that they’re also "very genuine people.”

Frank  who is active in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, and the Republican Committee of Chester County, said he's looking forward to the new opportunity and will be working in the area of development. 

Liz Scott said recently that the organization hopes to top $50 million for childhood cancer research by year's end.  For more information, visit http://www.alexslemonade.org/.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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