At 12, Bailee Madison is not only an accomplished actress, but a philanthropic powerhouse.
She is in Atlanta now, filming "Parental Guidance," starring Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott. Other credits include “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, “Brothers” with Natalie Portman and “Just Go With It” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.
This Sunday she'll lend her talents to an effort that's become dear to her: the Wynnewood, Penn.-based Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
"Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded by a little girl named Alex Scott who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, which is a type of brain cancer, a day before her first birthday," Bailee said during an interview that aired Friday morning during the B 98.5 FM morning show with Vikki Locke and Kelly Stevens. "After she turned 4 years old she told her mom and dad that she wanted to have a lemonade stand, not for herself but to help other kids who were going through what she is and to help the doctors find that cure."
Alex is survived by her cause.
"At 8 years old, she sadly lost her battle, but her parents and her brothers and everyone are keeping this tradition going," said Bailee, who was honored this year at the Variety Power Of Youth Awards, saluting the industry's young activists. "It’s basically one cup of lemonade at a time; we can find this cure for childhood cancer. I’m very blessed to be involved. It’s something that I’m so incredibly honored to be a part of. I have so much love and respect, so does our family, for this foundation. It’s very exciting."
She'll be manning a lemonade stand in Alex's memory from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Four Seasons hotel, 75 14th St. If you're not able to go but would still like to make a donation, see the foundation's web site at www.alexslemonade.org.
"We’re going to have some warm apple cider since it’s a little bit chilly outside," Bailee said. "We’re still going to have that lemonade, and we’re hopefully going to be bringing awareness to this cause. It’ll be super fun."
Because B 98.5's morning show broadcast from the Christmas on Peachtree festival at the 200 Peachtree this week, the conversation naturally turned to the holidays.
"What do I want for Christmas? I love to cook and that’s always what’s on my list. The one thing I wanted last year was a crepe maker," Bailee said. "I just got a new puppy, so it'll be my puppy and all of us. It'll be fun. I love Christmas, cooking together in the kitchen, cuddling by a fireplace, decorating the Christmas tree with tons of Christmas music. That's my favorite part."