Review: Alex’s Lemonade Stand

Cancer Websites, Pediatric Cancer — By on August 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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 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 find a cure for all children with cancer 
by raising money and awareness for pediatric cancer causes, primarily research into new cures and treatments and encouraging and educating others, especially children, to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.

What makes Alex’s Lemonade stand different than other charities is that Alex took the very simple idea of a lemonade stand and combined it with the cause of pediatric cancer – a natural and meaningful fit.The simple concept of “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time” has allowed people who would not usually participate in fundraising, especially children, to organize and raise money for childhood cancer.

Adults and children have been inspired by Alex’s giving spirit – since 2004 there have been over 8000 Alex’s Lemonade Stands held across the country. These stands have been organized by a diverse group of devoted volunteers including large and small businesses, inner city school children, senior centers, pre-school aged children, a juvenile detention center, college students, and a group of homeless people.

The lesson that children and adults everywhere learn from holding their own lemonade stands is simple but powerful – every person can make a difference in the world.

Additionally, Alex’s Lemonade Stand has inspired people who would not be likely to donate to childhood cancer to make donations with the reassurance that “no donation is too small”. The Lemonade Stand as a fundraiser brings charitable giving to communities and neighborhoods, making donating simple and rewarding for everyone.

Please visit: Alex’s Lemonade Stand for more information and inspiration.

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