An Introduction to Alex’s Lemonade Stand

 An Introduction to Alex’s Lemonade Stand

All around the world, children are inspiring adults to take action with the things that matter most. One such child, Alex, took the matter of cancer into her own hands, and her  “Alex Kime legacy has created a grassroots movement across the country. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand is one of the most successful fundraisers for cancer research in America.

The idea for Alex’s Lemonade Stand began in 2000, when four-year-old Alexandra Scott, a cancer patient announced to her friends and family that she wanted to run a lemonade stand. This activity, something children do across the United States, was not just a way to pass the time and earn money for candy or toys, though. Instead, Alex’s profits were all going to go toward helping “her doctors” find a cure for cancer. With the help of her brother Patrick, Alex set up a lemonade stand in her neighborhood, calling it “Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer.” The first stand was run in July 2000.

The project took off, warming the hearts of everyone in the community. Alex continued to operate her stand, and as word spread, more children and adults set up lemonade stands and sent their profits to Alex for her contribution to cancer research. The project became extremely popular, and although Alex’s health began to deteriorate, she continued to inspire people to run lemonade stands and hold other fundraising events to benefit pediatric cancer patients. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was created, giving people an easy way to donate to this registered 501c3 charity.

Sadly, in the summer of 2004, Alex passed away, losing her fight with cancer. She was eight years old. However, in those eight years, she did more to better the world than most people do in an entire lifetime. Alex raised over $1 million to give toward childhood cancer research. To honor her memory and continue supporting other children fighting cancer, her family continued to run this organization, and as of July 2007, the foundation has contributed over $20 million to childhood cancer research. Alex has proven that no matter how young or old, you can do something to help change the world.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s motto is “no donation is too small,” and today, they are still battling cancer one cup of lemonade at a time. They provide grants cancer researchers and help doctors around the world learn more about this disease. Because of the money Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised, researchers are getting closer to a cure every day.

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