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Local Big O Tires donates to cancer research

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By The Staff

Alex’s Lemonade Stand was started by a young girl named Alexander “Alex” Scott at age 4, who while suffering from neuroblastoma, a form of aggressive childhood cancer, began raising funds for research with her own lemonade stand. In August 2004, at the age of 8, Alex passed away knowing that with the help of others, she had raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for all kids with cancer. The charity continues to grow in funds raised and donated to research by millions of dollars annually. To date in excess of $10 million has been raised.Big O Tires franchisees and the corporate office have donated $50,000 to the ALS Foundation each of the past two years, and is committed to do the same again later this year. Big O Tires stores are also providing opportunities for their customers to donate directly to the ALS Foundation.Alex’s Lemonade Stand has been nationally featured on Oprah, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Time Magazine, People, USA Today and others. ALS benefits research and care for children with pediatric cancer. Contributions are primarily gathered through the sale of Country Time Lemonade, a growing list of grocers and manufacturers, and the grass roots sale of lemonade at locations across the nation.Big O Tires LLC serves more than 535 franchised stores, primarily in the Western and Midwestern states, and also distributes tires and other automotive service products to Associated Dealers in Western Canada. Since 1996, Big O Tires has operated as a subsidiary of Florida-based TBC Corporation. TBC and its subsidiary companies were acquired by Sumitomo Corporation of America in November 2005.