Changing the world, one cup (of lemonade) at a time

It's been almost three years since Frazee-Vergas High School senior Cassidy Shipman chose Alex's Lemonade Stand as her platform in a bid to win the 2016 Miss Frazee Outstanding Teen title

This fall, Cassidy Shipman brought her lemonade stand outdoors for a Frazee Hornets football game and added hot cider to the menu, which she said was "a really good idea," as it helped raise even more money for ALSF while helping football fans keep warm in the chilly weather. (Submitted photo)

This fall, Cassidy Shipman brought her lemonade stand outdoors for a Frazee Hornets football game and added hot cider to the menu, which she said was "a really good idea," as it helped raise even more money for ALSF while helping football fans keep warm in the chilly weather. (Submitted photo)

Cassidy Shipman, far left, with friend Annie Bachmann and some younger supporters of 'Cassie's Lemonade Stand' at a recent high school sports event. (Submitted photo)

Cassidy Shipman, far left, with friend Annie Bachmann and some younger supporters of 'Cassie's Lemonade Stand' at a recent high school sports event. (Submitted photo)

Cassidy Shipman mans her lemonade stand and helps raise awareness for the cause of fighting childhood cancers during a recent Frazee High School sporting event. Since she got involved with the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Cassie has raised $3,400 for the cause. (Submitted photo)

Cassidy Shipman mans her lemonade stand and helps raise awareness for the cause of fighting childhood cancers during a recent Frazee High School sporting event. Since she got involved with the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Cassie has raised $3,400 for the cause. (Submitted photo)

— yet even after taking the crown and finishing her year-long reign in 2017, both Cassie and her mother Daneele have remained active in the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), hosting fundraisers and raising awareness for the organization that helps fight childhood cancers.

The reason for their continued involvement in ALSF is that the cause is quite close to the hearts of the entire Shipman family: In February 2010, when Cassie was in third grade, she lost her 18-year-old brother Tyler to synovial sarcoma, an extremely rare — and to this day, still incurable — form of childhood cancer.

"When my brother was sick, I was involved with SuperSibs, which offers support and encouragement to kids with siblings who have cancer," said Cassie. "When I decided to run for Miss Frazee Outstanding Teen, I wanted to use that as my platform, but in my research, I discovered that ALSF had bought them out because they didn't have enough funding."

Though SuperSibs is still active as a program of ALSF, Cassie chose to focus her platform on supporting ALSF as a whole. 

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