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Childhood Cancer Heroes


A message from Jay and Liz Scott, Alex's Parents:

Alexandra Scott

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.


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Our Heroes!

Eli Chavez-Theiss Eli is a sweet, energetic and kind boy. He is thoughtful of others, and loves to laugh, play pranks and read. Just before Thanksgiving, Eli began complaining of headaches. Because he rarely complained (unless someone took away his DS!), his parents knew something must be really bothering him. Since it was right in the middle of flu season, Eli’s parents assumed he just had the flu,... more
Lyla Abbatiello Lyla is a fun loving, energetic 3-year-old. She loves music and dancing, especially Katy Perry and Nick Jonas. Lyla and her two-year-old sister Nora love to dance and sing around the house. Lyla also loves to play with her baby dolls, taking care of her “sick” babies at her pretend clinic.   In September 2014, Lyla’s whole family became sick with the same bug. After... more
Riva Bir Riva is a very social girl. She is always smiling and laughing, and enjoys the company of other kids. Riva is a happy toddler, and likes taking stroller rides, listening to music and reading books.Riva was diagnosed on Valentine's Day 2015. When Riva’s mom found a lump on Riva’s abdomen, the family went to the pediatrician, and Riva was then scheduled for a same-day ultrasound.... more
Andrew Anderson Andrew is a very active little boy. He loves to play and get into trouble with his twin brother Alex. Andrew and Alex are very close; they love to play, talk, run, and fight all day long. Andrew loves food, especially spaghetti, and likes to watch Thomas The Train. Andrew is very sweet and loving, and loves to kiss and touch his Mommy’s face. While he may seem shy at first, Andrew is a very... more
Nicholas DaSilva Nicholas began kindergarten in September 2013 and several weeks later, he began to complain about pain during urination. However, a urologist said everything was fine. On the 26th of September, Nicholas was taken to the ER with stomach pain, where he was diagnosed with a stomach bug and constipation. By November, Nicholas’s belly had a noticeable mass, and was taken to the ER for a CAT scan... more
Tamaria Sparrow  Tamaria Sparrow is interested in typical teenage stuff. Seventeen years old, Tamaria loves clothes, fashion, jewelry, hair and make-up. Tamaria has lots of friends, but also like to take time for herself. In March 2014, Tamaria went to the doctor for a regular check-up and her doctor found a lump on her throat. Tests showed a nodule, which appeared to be benign. However, Tamaria began... more
Cora Kelly Cora was truly a little princess: she loved wearing pretty dresses and decorative shoes, and loved painting her nails! She even taught herself to apply false nails and apply exciting nail decorations. Cora also loved to ride bikes, jump rope, play with her friends in the neighborhood and play with her cousins. In August 2012, Cora and her family were visiting Goodwater, Alabama. She suddenly... more
Tyler Crabtree Tyler is a happy 6 year old who loves Superman, Elmo and Blues Clues, as well as riding his bike and listening to Kidz Bop. Tyler is quiet and shy, but loves to dress up like Daddy and wear button down shirts and ties. He’s also a “numbers guys”: he remembers dates and birthdays with ease. Tyler has some OCD tendencies, but through the help of play therapy, has made incredible... more
David Gibson David is a spirited 12-year old who enjoys Legos, arts and crafts and soccer. He loves armadillos, the minions, Navy football and dreams of being a member of the bomb squad.David was diagnosed with undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver (UESL) at the end of February 2015. It came as a bit of a shock to us, because we had no idea. We had figured that when the school nurse called on that... more
Ronald Hogas Ronald is a friend to everyone and at almost 11, is wise beyond his years. He loves spending time with his friends, playing soccer, building Legos, playing video games and having fun with his little sister. Ronald was first diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) two weeks before his 5th birthday. The only symptoms leading to the diagnosis were tiredness, growing pains and swollen lymph nodes. He was... more

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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. Content submitted by families may be condensed and edited for readability, grammar and clarity, but otherwise appears as it is provided to us.

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