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.
|Cassie Jordan||Cassie is an energetic 2 year old who loves trains, planes, animals and babies. Because of a family history of a genetically-linked form of retinoblastoma – her father and grandfather had it – her family was aware of the possibility that Cassie might inherit the disease. Photos of Cassie taken around her first birthday showed her pupils as pale and whitish, like cats’ eyes. This... more|
|Samantha Hill||Samantha is a happy 9 year old who loves to read and play soccer. She dreams of becoming a pediatric oncologist one day to help kids like her who have been diagnosed with cancer. As a baby, Samantha was constantly throwing up. Her parents took her to the doctor over and over looking for answers and were told she had severe acid reflex. When she was 6 months old, a lump appeared on her... more|
|Gavin T. Morris||Gavin is smart and funny, loves superheroes and using his imagination, and loves his little sister, Harper. He just celebrated his fifth birthday and took the big step of starting kindergarten. With his bright future and a great smile, Gavin is resilient and charming, but he and his family don’t have the luxury of just focusing on kindergarten milestones. Gavin is in the delayed... more|
|Jacob Beard||Jacob is 15 years old and likes hanging out with friends, listening to music, cats and making the occasional bad pun! A typical teenager now, when Jacob was 2 years old be began complaining of back pain that quickly increased in severity. He had an MRI and was quickly admitted to the hospital where a cancerous tumor on his spine was discovered. A successful tumor resection removed most... more|
|Christopher Sliker||Christopher was full of energy, mischief and love. He loved playing baseball in the yard, playing with Legos, listening to music and dancing. There was a special place in his heart for his pet cat, Mookie, and for a few very special girlfriends at preschool. Most of all, he loved his sisters and his Mom and Dad. One morning, Christopher rounded the corner to the kitchen dragging his leg. His... more|
|Austin Dunlap||Austin is funny, outgoing and enjoys life in the great outdoors. In the beautiful surroundings of his home in East Helena, Montana, Austin loves to go out fishing, hunting, snowboarding and waterskiing. Since the age of 4, he has been involved in the sports of wrestling and rodeo. Always an active kid, it was worrying when Austin became tired, had frequent bloody noses and headaches. His... more|
|Beydn Swink||Beydn was the kid who flopped around on roller skates, wrestled with his brothers, and loved root beer floats. He loved Star Wars, dinosaurs, and riding his bike with his mom. He read constantly and it was hard to get him to put a book down. Beydn was a fan of the Braves, Panthers and Ohio State football. He loved visiting North Carolina and playing in the water. As the oldest kid in a military... more|
|Brielle Barber||Brielle is 4 years old and full of spunk, bravery, kindness and love. She takes on every challenge that comes her way with fierceness and bravery. She is so sweet and makes everyone around her just want to be better. She likes princesses and butterflies and Strawberry Shortcake. Brielle was originally diagnosed with a malignant glioma on her spine in February of 2013,... more|
|Tacey Raye Raulerson||Tacey was diagnosed with bilateral Retinoblastoma when she was 7 months old. After starting chemo, it was determined that it was too dangerous to keep her left eye due to vitreous seeding. Her left eye was removed when she was 9 months old. Tacey continued chemo and other treatments trying to save her right eye. When she was 4 years old, new tumors started forming in her right eye.... more|
|Kyle Valla||Kyle is an easygoing, happy-go-lucky guy who likes relaxing and hates being rushed. He likes beaches, Hawaii, and his toy poodle puppy, Holly. A music lover, Kyle is showing potential on the drums. He also gives great hugs and head massages. In mid November of 2013, Kyle’s dad noticed a hard lump on the inside of his left leg. His pediatrician referred him right away to Lucille... 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.