ALSF Fund: Summer Strong Hero Fund

Summer had been happy and easy-going since she was born. She loved all things Disney. Her favorite movies were Pixar, especially Monsters Inc. She loved music and dancing. She also took excellent care of her three dogs: Daisy, Buzz and Lilly.

In March 2015, at 7 months old, doctors found a 10 cm. mass in her liver and secondary tumors in her lungs. Originally diagnosed as high risk Hepatoblastoma (pediatric liver cancer), it was later discovered that her tumor cells matured into an even rarer cancer, Malignant Rhabdoid Tumor of the Liver. The only symptom leading up to this diagnosis was firmness in her abdomen. She had previously been a very healthy child. 

After more than a year of continuous treatments including regular hospital stays, surgeries, chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and radiation, Summer’s scan showed No Evidence of Disease in May 2016. Sadly, Summer relapsed in July 2016 and passed away at home in September 2016 at the age of 2.

Shortly after her diagnosis, Summer’s family and friends became involved with Team Lemon and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Inspired by the story of ALSF’s founder Alexandra “Alex” Scott, the Semerad family decided to do their best to make lemonade out of the situation. The world of childhood cancer can be a scary and uncontrollable one, and focusing on making a positive impact in this community has really helped the Semerad family deal with the toughest times.

Since joining up with ALSF, team Summer Strong has been represented in numerous events including lemonade stands, Team Lemon races in Orlando, New York, and Philadelphia, the Lemon Climb in Boston, and school fundraisers; with many more planned for the future! Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation allows children and adults of all ages to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer, and the supporters of team Summer Strong have ranged from age 1 thru 95.

You can help children like Summer fight cancer and get the childhood they deserve by supporting Team Summer Strong through ALSF. To learn more about Summer’s story, visit her Hero page.

Donate now or register to hold your own lemonade stand or event to support the Summer Strong Hero Fund!

Amount Raised:


Fundraisers with recent donations

Event NameCampaignLocationAmount
TeamALDI:GreenwoodStore040ALDILouisville, KY$155
Dimple Gang Lemonade Stands and EventsChesterfield, VA$25
Summer Strong Golf Outing 2024Stands and EventsColts Neck, NJ$1,100
Lemonade with Annabelle, Harmony, and FriendsLemonade DaysBranchburg, NJ$125
Donations to Summer Strong Hero FundHonor PagesFanwood, NJ$9,700
Team Summer 2024Stands and EventsTampa, FL$3,250
Summer Strong Super Bowl poolStands and EventsFanwood, NJ$1,250
Summer Strong MM 2023The Million Mile 2023Fanwood, NJ$51,057
Calabrese Crew Lemonade DaysLemonade DaysMedia, PA$2,625
West Alex's Lemonade StandStands and EventsSchuylkill Haven, PA$124
Alessia’s TeamThe Million Mile 2023New York, NY$82
Lady's Adventure TimeThe Million Mile 2023Commerce City, CO$47
noraThe Million Mile 2023ellijay , GA$47
Springfield's Best cyclistThe Million Mile 2023Springfield , IL$47
Summer's Birthday Lemonade StandStands and EventsMorris Plains, NJ$285
D'arcy's 40th Bday Event for Summer StrongStands and EventsAny Town, NJ$2,210
Summer Strong Golf Outing 2023Stands and EventsColts Neck, NJ$3,962
Alessia & Layla’s Lemonade StandStands and EventsNew York, NY$300
Matland GaggleStands and EventsNorth Bellmore, NY$235
Balfour Senior Living Lemonade StandLemonade DaysDenver, CO$56
Sparkly Lemonade StandLemonade DaysBranchburg, NJ$100
Team SummerStands and EventsTampa, FL$2,110
Super Bowl 2023Stands and EventsFanwood, NJ$2,360
Summer Strong MM 2022The Million Mile 2022Fanwood, NJ$58,808
OKTOBERFEST 2022Stands and EventsDenville, NJ$25
E&E’s Lemonade StandLemonade DaysMedia, PA$2,504
Summer Strong Golf Outing 2022Stands and EventsColts Neck, NJ$4,400
3 Acres Lemonade StandStands and EventsJersey City, NJ$217
Super Bowl 2022Stands and EventsFanwood, NJ$2,560
TEAM HUFFYThe Million Mile 2021Republic, MO$1,218
lily 'caresVirtual FundraisersNewtown, PA$5
Summer Strong MM 2021The Million Mile 2021Fanwood, NJ$52,314
Holly Bishop The Million Mile 2021WADSWORTH, OH$53
Lemonade Stand for SummerStands and EventsBranchburg, NJ$661
Northwestern Mutual's Lemonade StandStands and EventsOlathe, KS$1,840
Summer Strong Golf Outing 2021Stands and EventsColts Neck, NJ$4,765
Jody’s Lemonade StandALDICharleston, SC$125
Louisville ALSF FundraiserALDILouisville, KY$500
Samaira and shivaay lemonade stand Lemonade DaysOkemos, MI$310
Jackson Red Devils Kicking Away CancerStands and EventsJackson, NJ$700
Summer Strong lacrosse fundraiserStands and EventsStaten Island, NY$819
Super Bowl 2021Virtual FundraisersFanwood, NJ$1,400
Virtual Lemonade Stand for SummerStands and EventsMedia, PA$2,080
Summer Strong - MM 2020The Million Mile 2020Fanwood, NJ$34,214
Summer Strong - Masks by Sew JoStands and EventsFanwood, NJ$7,955
Gradanlex Tie Dye for Summer!Stands and EventsDUMONT, NJ$1,590
Team Summer Strong - 2020 MMThe Million Mile 2020Staten Island, NY$333
Team JaydenThe Million Mile 2020Raleigh, NC$10
Virtual Lemonade Stand for SummerLemonade DaysBranchburg, NJ$1,250

Total: $403,620.54

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