It started with a lemonade stand. When seven-month-old Preston was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex??a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form??in 1999, his family knew they wanted to raise awareness and make a difference. Five years later, his seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, formed a lemonade stand and raised $930 for the TS Alliance. Inspired by their daughter's success, Preston's parents founded Peace, Love, & Lemonade to encourage other kids across the country to run their own lemonade stands in support of friends and family members living with the disease. So far, their combined efforts have raised more than $220,000 for research to cure tuberous sclerosis complex.
As part of these efforts, the annual Peace, Love & Lemonade Color Me Free 5k helps raise funds with a 5K walk or run through North Collier Regional Park. Participants take to the paths at 7 a.m. and they get splattered with colorful chalk as they cross mile markers. After the race, families can relax with a fossil-dig play area, an interactive playground, and park ranger tours.