Originally posted on the ONEHOPE Wine Blog on March 9, 2010.
It all started with a lemonade stand and a lot of hope.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. That year, Alex held her first lemonade stand and raised $2000 for “her hospital.” For the next four years, Alex would continue to hold the annual lemonade stand with the hope of helping to find a cure for all childhood cancers. In 2004, her fourth year holding the annual stand, Alex set a goal of raising $1 million. A seemingly unreachable goal, she just said – “if people all around the country hold lemonade stands and send in their money, I think I can do it.” Alex was right, and during the weekend of her last lemonade stand in her neighborhood, thousands of volunteers of all ages from all corners of the country held lemonade stands, propelling Alex and her cause to reach $1 million. Shortly following, on August 1, 2004 Alex ultimately lost her life to childhood cancer, but her legacy of hope continues to live on through volunteers young and old.
Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a beacon of hope for all children and families who are battling childhood cancer. Since inception, ALSF has raised over $30 million with nearly half the funds coming from lemonade stands such as Alex’s. The money raised has been utilized to fund over 125 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to assist families who need to travel for treatment, and develop educational resources to help everyone touched by childhood cancer.
The ALSF Mission
- To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
- To encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex’s Lemonade Stands.
- To expedite the process of finding new cures and bringing them to children with cancer now.
How You Can Help
Hold Your Own Stand: Fight childhood cancer, one cup at a time. Alex’s Lemonade Stand provides a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in the lives of others. As Alex once said, “holding your own Alex’s Lemonade Stand is easy and fun!” It is also an inspiring way for caring people of all ages to support our mission of curing childhood cancer, one cup at a time!
Beyond Stands: Many ways to get involved and help kids with cancer. Holding a lemonade stand isn’t the only way to get involved with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Whether you choose to create a fundraising page on our site, become a volunteer, or participate in one of the many other events that the Foundation holds, you can become an important participant in the battle against childhood cancer.
Donate directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. 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.
ONEHOPE Wine 20/20 Give Back for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Shop online forONEHOPE Wine using promo code ALSF and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. For your support of ALSF, you will also receive a 20% discount on your purchase as our way of saying “thank you” for your support.
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