Childhood Cancer Heroes
A message from Jay and Liz Scott, Alex's Parents:
Many of you think of Alex as a hero ~ the sweet and courageous lemonade girl who inspired others to help children with cancer. Although she did not get the chance to live a long life, she showed us what it means to live a full life. Her bravery, strength, and love of life continue to inspire us every day. She is indeed our hero!
Since Alex was diagnosed in 1997, over 2 million more children worldwide have suffered because of cancer. These kids all have hopes and dreams of long lives. They have parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and cousins who cherish them. They all inspire those who know them with their bravery, strength, and love of life. They are all heroes.
|Olivia Brobst||Olivia is a smart, sweet, spunky and fun-loving four year old who doesn't like to take “no” for an answer. She is looking forward to kindergarten, and loves art, playing in the park, and animals (she has been known to try to pet the deer who wander into her family’s yard). One day Olivia was slumped over, unable to sit or crawl. Her pediatrician sent her to A.I.... more|
|Zach Cartwright||As Zach approached his second birthday, there were a few days when he wasn’t eating or sleeping well, and several people noticed a bulge in his stomach. Zach’s mom, Jennifer, took him to the pediatrician, assuming he had a minor ailment.Zach’s pediatrician in Wichita Falls, TX, called for an x-ray and sonogram, which showed an unusual mass. Zach then had a CT scan,... more|
|Haven Lawson||Haven is my granddaughter that I thought I would never have. Both of her parents have health issues that were thought to highly decrease the chances of conception. But God intervened and Haven was conceived. Haven’s dad, Justin Lawson, had bilateral retinoblastoma as an infant. It is passed on genetically so when my daughter, Nicole, found out she was pregnant, Justin... more|
|Michelle Gonzaga||Michelle is a 29-year-old mom of two living in California. Creative, hardworking, and an expert piñata maker, she is also a survivor of childhood cancer. She wants to share her cancer story in order to give parents her perspective on a child’s battle with cancer. She hopes that telling her story will “provide encouragement and hope to not only the kids, but their parents and... more|
|Ryker Wright||Ryker Wright was only eight months old when he was diagnosed with extrarenal malignant rhabdoid tumor, an aggressive and rare childhood cancer with a poor prognosis.Ryker was born with congenital cataracts in both eyes and had surgery to remove them when he was one month old. A few weeks after his 2-month wellness checkup, his parents noticed a lump on his right hip. He was sent for an ultrasound... more|
|Cameron Robertson||Cameron was born on September 13, 1997. He was a healthy 9-pound, 7-ounce baby. Things changed when we took Cam to his 1 year well check-up. His pediatrician was feeling his belly and she then had another doctor come in. They sent us for an x-ray immediately… then an ultrasound. I remember the room being full of medical staff. We really had no idea what was going on but we knew... more|
|Aedyn Stephens||Aedyn started having leg pain and bruising around December 2006, just before his second birthday. His mom took Aedyn to the ER several times, to his pediatrician on multiple occasions and even to orthopedic doctors. Everyone had the same diagnosis: growing pains. Finally, in April of 2007 Aedyn’s parents drove the hour to Lake Havasu City from Kingman, Arizona to try another ER. There, the... more|
|Zack Hunter||Zack is only 4, but he is very bright and very brave. He is a loving ray of sunshine and brings hope to those whose lives he touches. With love, prayer and good medicine, Zack and his family are fighting ATRT, a rare tumorous cancer that has grown in Zack’s right kidney and onto his heart. Zack had been a healthy, energetic, happy child and always had great wellness checkups, the... more|
|Erin Suidikas||Erin is an outgoing and compassionate young adult who loves helping others, the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and horses. She competes full time as a Junior Dressage rider. She has attended the National Championships several times and volunteered for several years at a therapeutic riding center. In 2013, Erin, who has suffered from Lyme disease and kidney stones, had a CT scan... more|
|Victoria Hernandez||Victoria was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia) when she was just six months old. Her mom wrote, “My tiny little baby that was barely learning how to sit up on her own had cancer.”Victoria’s treatment was so rough that she had to be hospitalized for most of it. For six months, she barely spent a night at home. All of her “firsts” happened in the hospital:... more|
All hero stories featured on the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation website represent the first-hand accounts of families whose children have battled cancer. The content of these stories, including any religious references, does not necessarily represent the beliefs of the foundation or its employees. All content has been screened for grammar, but otherwise remain in the words of the author.