Every Monday we’ll be taking a look at some of the charities we’ve featured in the past! This week we’re highlighting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which was the inspiration for our Holiday Countdown t-shirt a few weeks ago.
Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma just after her first birthday; though the doctors said that she might never walk, she beat the odds and continued to fight for her life. After receiving a stem cell transplant at the age of 4, she told her parents that she wanted to open up a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, so that her doctors could “help other kids, like they helped me.” Her first stand raised over $2,000 in a single day, and grew into a worldwide phenomenon as other people inspired by her story set up their own lemonade stands.
Alex passed away at the age of 8 in 2004, but by then she’d helped to raise $1 million around the world for cancer research. Her family decided to continue her legacy and set up “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” as an official 501(c)3 charity. To this day, they have funded over 200 research projects at more than 65 institutions across the country. In addition, they also fund nursing grants and help families with travel expenses to be nearer to their ailing children.
If you’d like to support this cause, remember that when you buy our “Fighting Childhood Cancer”shirt part of the proceeds go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand! And you can also check out their website to see how else you can get involved!