There is nothing sadder than the death of a child. Alexandra “Alex” Scott was diagnosed with the childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma, just before her first birthday. She exceeded doctor’s expectations and was stronger and lived longer than they predicted. From the age of 4 years old, until she died at 8, she spent her time raising funds for childhood cancer with a lemonade stand. In her first year she earned $1,000. Once the news picked up her story, by the time of her death in 2004, she earned over a million dollars for the cause. Alex made sure that something good came from her death.
What Does Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Do?
Alex’s brothers wanted to continue her legacy through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thousands of volunteers across the country carry on Alex’s legacy of hope for a cure for childhood cancer. So far they have raised over $80 million and have funded over 450 research projects. In addition to the volunteers, and individual donations, the foundation also raises money from partnerships with businesses and corporations.
The grant money that is raised is distributed to doctors in a way that will bring the latest and most promising life-saving treatments to seriously ill children. The mission of the foundation is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to help beat childhood cancer with their own lemonade stands.
How Can You Help Alex’s Lemonade Stand?
On the Individuals and Families page of Alex’s Lemonade Stand you will see a variety of ideas. The first and number one way to help is by holding a Family Lemonade Stand. Once you register on the website, the foundation will send you all the help you need to do this. You might also want to have your kids check out the Kid’s Corner.
If you are very busy and don’t have time for any of the above ideas, there are two other ways to give money to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. The quickest is Make a Donation. And they even take PayPal, which is always a plus to me.
The other way to help out, which is more fun, is to buy items from Alex’s Shop. You get merchandise, they get money. Win/Win.
There is a great deal more information on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand website. You can learn much more about childhood cancer and the research for a cure. You can also learn much more about how to get involved and about special events that are happening in various parts of the country. Please help continue Alex’s quest to end childhood cancer.
I want to say a special thanks to Element Associates for introducing me to Alex’s Lemonade Stand at Blogger Bash.