No one will disagree that children should not suffer. Kids fighting cancer are not only incredibly brave, but it’s insanely sad. There can’t be much worse then watching your child suffer. In 1996, a 4 year old girl who had been stricken with cancer decided to fight back- with lemonade.
“Alexandra “Alex” Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott in Manchester, Connecticut on January 18, 1996, the second of four children. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer. On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex’s parents that if she beat her cancer it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents’ request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be – a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.”
But Alex can’t do it alone- she needs your help. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) needs your support during Alex’s Lemonade Days, an annual 3-day fundraiser where supporters from coast to coast hold lemonade stands to raise funds for childhood cancer research. By holding a lemonade stand, and sending proceeds into the foundation, you are helping to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures. You encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. Every dollar helps- you never know which will be the one that finds the cure.
Lemonade Days is held each year during the second weekend of June – the time of year when Alex always held her lemonade stand – to honor Alex and all of our childhood cancer heroes. At this time, you too can join in this cause and support this worthy cause. Help kids and their families who are dealing with cancer, and help kids in the future to never need to deal with these diseases.
Since Alex’s first front yard lemonade stand, there have been more than 20,000 ALSF lemonade stands held across the country and world. Alex’s Lemonade Stands make a meaningful difference at any time of the year, however Lemonade Days is a time when supporters join forces and hold stands simultaneously to be a part of our largest annual fundraiser. In the spirit of Alex’s ambitious goal to raise $1 million, which she reached before she passed away in 2004, Lemonade Days weekend consistently raises $1 million annually.
As a bonus – each Lemonade Days stand host receives a special edition Lemonade Days fundraising kit. The fundraising kit includes materials such as posters, banners, thank you notes, fundraising tips, ALSF merchandise and more.
Visit Alex’s Lemonade Days and hold a Lemonade Stand yourself! You can register for a free fundraising kit. Visit LemonadeDays.org and register by June 5, 2015 to request a free fundraising kit and to access downloadable materials for your lemonade stand. The kits include needed materials; posters, banners, thank you notes, fundraising tips, and more.
Please join @AlexsLemonade Twitter Chat on May 28th from 1-2pm ET using #LemonadeDays to learn how you can fight childhood cancer and to chat with some “hero families”. I will be there, as will many who support this cause. I hope to see you there!