week 26 - this week i'm gonna... fight childhood cancer
Alexandra "Alex" Scott was born to Liz and Jay Scott on January 18, 1996. Shortly before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. 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.
By her second birthday, Alex was crawling and able to stand up with leg braces. In the year 2000, 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." She 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 and raised an amazing $2,000 for "her hospital.“ While bravely battling her own cancer, Alex and her family continued to hold yearly lemonade stands in their front yard to benefit childhood cancer research. News spread of the remarkable 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.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation shares the vision of their founder and creator, Alex Scott – a cure for all children with cancer. Their mission is to (1) raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily through research into new treatments and cures and (2) encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
In 2004, when Alex passed away at the age of eight, her lemonade stand and inspiration had raised more than $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Since then, they have raised more than $120 million that has helped to fund over 550 cutting-edge research projects, create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment, and develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer.
Alex’s original humble lemonade stand has grown into a foundation that has funded over 500 research projects related to eradicating childhood cancer. One of these research projects involved a clinical trial for treatment of neuroblastoma – the same type of cancer that Alex had. For 7 out of 8 kids who were enrolled in the trial, including 5 year old Edie Gilger, the cancer was completely eliminated. Although it is too soon to say if these children are cured, the results are extremely encouraging. For now, it has allowed kids like Edie to play on the swing set, go to preschool, and simply be kids. Meet Edie in the video below:
Notes for this week:
- This June marks the 16th anniversary of Alex's original lemonade stand. Alex Scott created a lot of lemonade out of the lemons she was dealt, and we think that is pretty sweet.
- Our collective givetwig donation will help sponsor additional research projects to help children like Alex and Edie.
- For further information regarding Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, please check out their website.
this week i'm gonna donate to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.