At just 1-year-old, Alex Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. Though the family was told that Alex may not walk, even if she beat the cancer, she kicked her leg just a few weeks later, and within the year began to crawl and pull herself up with leg braces in an effort to walk while beating the cancer. Shortly after that the cancer came back and Alex underwent a stem cell transplant, which is when the idea for the first ever lemonade stand came about. She told her mom, Liz, that when she gets out of the hospital she wants to have a lemonade stand to help the doctors at her hospital help other kids like her.
Alex made $2,000 for pediatric cancer at her first lemonade stand and started holding them annually. Her overall goal was $1 million, which she reached just before her passing at the age of 8 in 2004. Alex inspired so many people to raise money for cancer research that the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was created, where supporters sell lemonade throughout the year in support of this cause. There’s also a special three-day fundraising event in the second week of June (when Alex always held her lemonade stand, it’s June 12-14 this year) called Lemonade Days to honor Alex and all of the childhood cancer heroes. Since Alex’s goal was to raise $1 million, Lemonade Days aims to raise $1 million within these special three days annually.
You can join the 20,000 plus kids and adults who have held lemonade stands in an effort to fight childhood cancer by registering for this year’s Alex’s Lemonade Days. It’s simple to do online, and if you register by June 5 you’ll be sent a free fundraising kit filled posters, banners, thank you notes, fundraising tips, and more. Plus, get access downloadable materials for your lemonade stand! Watch how the support of families like you through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation helped a little girl named Edie below (warning, you may tear up).
In total, the Alex’s Lemonade Foundation has raised $100 million so far, which funded 475 research projects. According to alexslemonade.org, a $50 donation funds an hour of research, while $400 funds a day, and $8,000 funds an entire month. But the foundation also uses donations to support families currently undergoing treatment via the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel Fund with little things like a $15 gas card to get to treatments or $20 for hospital parking, as well as $100 for a nearby hotel stay to get help at an out of area hospital. The foundation states that the “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time” method has really helped to get more people involved in fundraising who normally wouldn’t, including kids. Learn more about how Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is helping kids and families battle pediatric cancer in different ways, here.
Looking for some fun activities for your lemonade stand? Click here to download a word search and several adorable coloring pages!
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