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.
|Anthony Cox||Anthony is 8 and loves to ride his bike and play Minecraft. He began to experience headaches when he woke up, and they became more frequent and intense. His mother started out by taking him to the dentist because he had always grinds his teeth in his sleep. Following that, she made an appointment to get his eyes checked for glasses. It was here that the optometrist discovered swollen nerves... more|
|Caroline Metzger||Caroline is 17 months old. She loves monkeys, Mickey Mouse and climbing on everything. She also enjoys eating Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. While napping one afternoon, Caroline stopped breathing. Her mother, Lisa, a registered nurse, performed CPR on her and saved her life. After an ambulance ride to a local hospital, her parents were informed that Caroline had a tumor in her neck.... more|
|Gracey Smith||Before cancer, Gracey, along with her two brothers, was very active. She and her mother and brothers did a lot of fishing, camping and hunting. She was also a 4-H’er and played sports. Gracey seemed to be experiencing fatigue, but her family attributed it to the fact that she was the pitcher of two softball teams. However, they became increasingly concerned when after a visit to family out... more|
|Ava Rich||Ava is very caring, loves her friends and has a soft spot for animals (especially puppies), soccer and gymnastics. She is very smart with a funny personality. The one thing she truly dislikes is whipped cream! Ava appeared to be healthy and strong, so it was a shock when she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma. Just getting the diagnosis was a very frustrating process for Ava... more|
|Ava Trocino||Ava is an active, imaginative, fun-loving, "spicy" little girl. She is creative and artistic, enjoys soccer, swimming and listening to music, and likes all kinds of animals, especially aquatic animals. The November she was four, she became uncharacteristically tired and lethargic. There were large deep purple bruises up and down her legs, and she had stomach aches that her pediatrician... more|
|Austin Baxter||Austin is a very loving 2 year old who likes to play with his cars and swim. He loves being outside and playing with his big brother. When he was only 3 months old, his parents noticed something wrong with his eyes, but his doctor said he would grow out of it. At Austin’s one-year checkup the doctor became concerned and referred Austin to an eye doctor who immediately saw a tumor and... more|
|Kathryn Forsyth||Kathryn is a very active and friendly girl. She was born with Down Syndrome, but does not let that (or much of anything) stop her from doing her best in everything she tries to do. She loves to dance, sing, play sports, watch movies, color and go to school. Kathryn plays baseball and soccer in special needs leagues and can never wait for the next game! She and her big sister, Elisabeth, who is 12... more|
|Dee White||Dee is 14 and enjoys watching football and playing basketball - his favorite team is the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is also a great big brother to four siblings. Dee was first diagnosed with leukemia at the age of seven. He had been sick on and off since he was five, but doctors assured his mother he was ok. He then lost the ability to walk and was given a diagnosis which turned out to be incorrect... more|
|Kaden Bell||Kaden is a very smart, kind-hearted 5-year-old who loves baseball, music and reading. Most of all he enjoys just being a normal kid, and he has the chance to do that now that his treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma is over and he is in remission. Kaden and his family are focused on living each day to the fullest, laughing together and enjoying the hilariously funny things Kaden says. Kaden... more|
|Reese Osmond||Reese is an energetic, happy kid who just turned 3. She loves glitter and sparkly “stuff”, and when she’s dancing in her tutu and pretending to be a ballerina, she’s pretty sparkly herself! One of her favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz, which she could watch all day long. She also loves being outside and playing on the swings.Reese’s parents took her to the ER in... 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.