Got lemonade? Support Cabrini’s Sixth Annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the fight against childhood cancers, April 23–24. 100% of proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation!
Learn about the “founder” of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Alexandra "Alex" Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott in 1996, the second of four children. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.
On her first birthday, the doctors informed Alex's parents that if she beat her cancer, it was doubtful that she would ever walk again. Just two weeks later, Alex slightly moved her leg at her parents' request to kick. This was the first indication of who she would turn out to be: a determined, courageous, confident and inspiring child with big dreams and big accomplishments.
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." Alex 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, raising 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 more than $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.
Childhood Cancer Facts
One in every 330 Americans with cancer develops it before the age of twenty.
On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.
On the average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
Childhood cancers affect more potential patient-years of life than any other cancer, except breast and lung cancer.
The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is committed to finding a cure for all childhood cancers. To date, they have funded over 200 research projects at more than 65 institutions across the country. In addition to funding cutting-edge research into finding better treatments and ultimately cures, they also fund nursing grants to improve the quality of life and care of children with cancer.
While the majority of their funding goes toward research, they are also innately aware of the struggles that families face throughout their battle with childhood cancer, emotionally, financially, and otherwise, and have created programs to assist them. The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Travel Fund helps families with travel expenses, as they travel for treatments that their children need.
Their annual Childhood Cancer Symposium brings childhood cancer families together to learn about the disease, treatment, and beyond.