You are never too young, too old, too busy to the make a difference in the lives of others. Alexandra “Alex,” Scott proved that in 2004, when at the age of 8, she raised a million dollars for childhood cancer research. Alex asked people around the country to host lemonade stands, selling lemonade for a dollar a cup. She raised a million dollars before losing her life to cancer that August.
Her legacy lives on, when Alex’s Lemonade Days returns for the 11 year this June. Each year, on the weekend before Father’s Day, the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids, encourages people around the country to participate in National Lemonade Days, either by purchasing lemonade at the stands or signing up ahead of time to host their own. Contributions go towards finding cures for childhood cancers.
There are more than a dozen types of childhood cancers and subtypes, including Ewing’s sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilm’s tumor. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the US.
In the past 11 years, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $100 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure. A dream she started with the idea that you are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others.
Find a lemonade stand near you at alexslemondae.org.