You make lemonade, of course! That’s what 4 year old, Alexandra Scott decided to do. I recently came across a website alexslemonade.org and read one of the most touching and inspiring stories… Charity is much much more than just collecting money, and ANY ONE, even a 4 year old kid with cancer, can make a difference in this world.
Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before her 1st birthday. Against the odds, Alex grew, walked, generally functioning like a healthy child. Then the cancer came back. In the year 2000, the day after her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant and informed her mother, “when I get out of the hospital I want to have a lemonade stand.” She said she wanted to give the money to doctors to allow them to “help other kids, like they helped me.”
True to her word, she held her first lemonade stand later that year with the help of her older brother and raised an amazing $2,000 for “her hospital.” While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in her front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable sick child dedicated to helping other sick children. People from all over the world, moved by her story, held their own lemonade stands and donated the proceeds to Alex and her cause.
In August of 2004, Alex passed away at the age of 8, knowing that, with the help of others, she had raised over $1 million to help find a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s family – including brothers Patrick, Eddie, and Joey – and supporters around the world are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Sometimes it takes a ‘small’ idea to make a BIG difference. Alex’s idea of holding a lemonade stand and combined it with the cause of childhood cancer, unknowingly becoming the catalyst for something much larger than she could have ever imagined. Nearly 8 years since she left this world and it’s still making a difference! Here’s why:
Kids helping kids: The concept of “fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time” (that’s their motto) has allowed people who would not usually participate in fundraising, especially children, to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. Lemonade Stands allow children to be a part of the change.
A simple but powerful lesson: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation believes that every person can make a difference in the world. Alex’s Lemonade Stands have been organized by a diverse group of devoted volunteers including inner city school children, senior centers, pre-school aged children, college students and co-workers working together for a great cause!
No donation is too small: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has inspired people who would not likely donate to childhood cancer to make donations – no matter the amount. DONATE NOW if you can 🙂
Bringing Communities together: Lemonade Stands encourage charitable giving to communities and neighborhoods, making donating simple and rewarding for everyone.
Life can sometimes be difficult…bad… sour… and make you squish your face in disgust. At the risk of making your eyes roll, I have to tell you to MAKE THE BEST OF IT. Make things better for others who have a difficult life as well. Mix a little sugar with that sour and you’ll have something that will put a smile on your face. What could be better than that??
- Eat, Drink, and Be Sunny: L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade (laist.com)
- L.A. Will Show Their Love for Alex’s Lemonade Stand at November 6th Food & Drink Event (laist.com)
- Brian and Matthew’s lemonade stand (timesunion.com)