This week marks six years since the founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Alexandra Scott, passed away after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was eight years old.
Born on January 18, 1996, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two days before her first birthday. At the age of four, Alex and her brother Patrick decided they wanted to set up a lemonade stand and use the money to help doctors find a cure. Their first lemonade stand was held on their front lawn in the year 2000, raising over $2,000.
For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. By the time she passed away, on August 1, 2004, Alex had raised over one million dollars. 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 the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer.
Today, 10 years after that initial lemonade stand, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $30 million. That money has helped to fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects, to create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment, and to develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer
To learn more about Alex and the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit their website (https://www.alexslemonade.org/) and their blog.
What is neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is a neuroendocrine tumour. It most often originates in one of the adrenal glands but can also develop in nerve tissue in the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis. It is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and the most common cancer in infancy. Close to 50 percent of neuroblastoma cases occur in children under the age of two.
Sources: CheckOrphan, Wikipedia
Picture: Original Alex’s Lemonade Stand, from Alex Lemonade Foundation blog.