Lemons To Lemonade For Kids

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Our Story – Humble Beginnings

Twenty-one years ago, Cure JM co-founders Tom and Shari Hume set up the Foundation’s first-ever DIY fundraiser to seed important new research funding. What was the fundraiser of choice? Considering the couple had young children, a lemonade stand was the perfect fit to launch a rare disease nonprofit during humble beginnings.

Fast forward 21 years and $23 million invested in juvenile myositis research later, we have come full circle, paying homage to our early DIY roots. You guessed it! In 2024, we are bringing this simple yet effective fundraiser back. We are excited to introduce our grassroots “Lemons to Lemonade 4 Kids” initiative aiming to have families from around the country join our efforts!

We’re calling on families to join us in the month of July to kick off a great summer with your own lemonade stand. This is a great opportunity to fundraise before heading back to school for our most impressive grant cycle yet! 

We’ve come so far, improving the quality of life for many, but there is more work to be done to ensure families everywhere can live in a world free of JM.

About Lemons to Lemonade 4 Kids

As parents, patients, and supporting family members, we understand that a juvenile myositis diagnosis can be one of life’s “lemons.” We’ve decided to turn our lemons into sweet lemonade in support of our mission of finding better treatments and a cure for JM.

Funds raised through “Lemons to Lemonade for Kids” will be directly invested in cutting-edge research projects and expanding access to best-practice clinical care.

Watch this video on why and how to participate by hosting your own lemonade stand!

Why Participate?

  • Lemonade stands are fun, easy and effective. They also allow our children to participate directly in our mission in a way they don’t always get to.
  • Lemonade stands build community and give your neighbors a way to contribute at the most grassroots level. Not only will you represent your city, but you will even be able to represent your block!
  • Hosting a lemonade stand is an activity that everyone in the family can join from grandparents to toddlers.
  • This is an opportunity to support our mission and give back to our kids before the back-to-school grind begins. End your summer with a fun act of kindness.

Fundraising Incentives & Bonuses

  • First 20 participants to register and host will be entered into a raffle for limited edition prizes
  • ALL funds raised from hosting a lemonade stand will be MATCHED! Dollar-for-Dollar! Submit your funds to www.curejm.org/donate with “Lemonade” in the memo
  • Raise $250+ with your lemonade stand and receive a free limited edition “Lemons to Lemonade” t-shirt
  • Raise $500+ with your lemonade stand and receive limited edition “Lemons to Lemonade” custom shirts for your entire family
  • All participants will receive a limited edition “Lemons to Lemonade” sticker pack!

How To Participate

The Carpenter family hopes their efforts will raise awareness for Cure JM and bring hope to families like theirs by turning “Lemons to Lemonade” in the fight against JM! Hear their story and how you to can also host your own lemonade stand this summer. Click here to read the full story.

Looking to donate toward’s our mission and this program’s goal? Click the button below to support our kids.

The Carpenters turn Lemons to Lemonade!

The Carpenter family hopes their efforts will raise awareness for Cure JM and bring hope to families like theirs.

The community went above and beyond in showing their support for the lemonade stand.

The 1000 cups with lids the Carpenters ordered quickly cleared out as more and more lemonade was sold!

Parrish’s Story

We would like to introduce a one-of-a-kind, competitive, and determined young man, named Parrish. His story of resiliency and hope is one that will resonate with many of us in the Cure JM family. Parrish faced many challenges in his journey with JM, but found hope and support in his family and the Cure JM community. We are pleased to now share his experience to help others facing the same struggles during Myositis Awareness Month.

Join Cure JM

Membership is free and we’ll connect you with a network of support, encouragement, and resources.

Cure JM supports families, patients, and the juvenile myositis research community.

Interested in DIY fundraising but need help?

We’re here to help!

To have your fundraiser matched, add “DIY Match” in the memo of your online gift or check.