Alex's Lemonade Stand

I'm really surprised I never wrote about this neat cause before but something reminded me of it the other day! It's called Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

I remember seeing little Alex on Oprah or something years ago. She was an AMAZING cancer survivor, so young and sent such a neat message. Her story is inspirational and straight from the website, here it is:

In 2000, a 4 year old cancer patient named Alexandra "Alex" Scott announced a seemingly simple idea -she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help "her doctors" find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on their front lawn in July of 2000.

For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses, and organizations, all to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

On August 1st, 2004, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8 -- she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime.
Alex's spirited determination to raise awareness and money for all childhood cancer while she bravely fought her own deadly battle with cancer has inspired thousands of people, from all walks of life to raise money and give to her cause. Alex's family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. As of June 2007, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $18 million for childhood cancer research. The result -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has given millions of dollars for childhood cancer research across the country!

MISSION STATEMENT: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is a unique foundation that has evolved from a young cancer patient's front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fundraising movement for childhood cancer.Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is committed to:
*Raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer causes, primarily research into new cures and treatments.
*Encouraging and educating others, especially children, to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

OUR VISION: A Cure for all children with cancer

There's also the book- Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand that I bought years ago and plan to read to my kids one day!

Sometimes it takes a simple idea to make a HUGE difference...just a thought.

Today, I am grateful for: my first bridal shower tomorrow (very exciting!), time with family and friends and God.



Ria said...
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Ria said...

I loved her idea too! Sorry I'm missing the shower, but I got to help pick out the gift and I'll be there in spirit:).

Jaime said...

I love Alex's Lemonade Stand - her hospital was CHOP (children's hospital of Philadelphia), which is an amazing place.....I know in NJ, you can buy single bottles of Alex's lemonade and pink lemonade in the supermarkets and convenience stores....it's soooo yummy!
have fun at your shower!

heather said...

i am so sorry to hear what happened to her. i am just happy ur happy9