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By Bob Shryock
A Franklinville couple that keeps alive the spirit and memory of Albert Gigliotti’s mother through its volunteer work will be honored Saturday night, Jan. 14 at the sixth annual Lemon Ball, hosted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. They’ve been selected as ALSF Volunteers of the Year.
The gala will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., and is presented by Volvo and The Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund with support by CIGNA. Co-chairing the event are Liz and Jay Scott, parents of the late Alex Scott, and Melanie and Billy King. Billy is a Foundation board member and New Jersey Nets’ general manager.
The foundation resulted from the front yard lemonade stand that was the idea of Alex Scott, four years old at the time and battling cancer. Alex said she wanted to raise funds to help find a cure for all children who had cancer. Alex died in 2004, but her foundation has raised nearly $50 million and funded more than 200 research projects to underscore a staggering success story.
Albert Gigliotti, 41, and wife Natalie, 37, have raised $47,000 for the Foundation through an annual softball tournament in Ardmore, suburban Philadelphia, plus funds from other events. In the meantime, they have become close to the Scotts. Natalie calls the Scotts “amazing people,” and “like family.”
“We’ll continue to do what we can until there’s a cure,” says Natalie. “We have no children of our own. We feel all kids (who fight cancer) are our kids.”
Albert’s mother, Theresa Gigliotti, died of cancer in 2003.
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