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10 ways to support childhood cancer research

This December (and beyond!) you can support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s mission of funding childhood cancer research by shopping, donating and joining the cause! Together we can find cures, one cup at a time!

Here are 10 great ways to support childhood cancer research:

1. Purchase Items from our Amazing Partners

Several of our amazing partners have incorporated ALSF into their products! If you have a jewelry lover on your list (or if you are the jewelry lover), you will adore the bracelets from Alex and Ani, Chavez for Charity, Tess + Tricia and Oriana Lamarca. Send some sweet lemon cookies from Cheryl’s special Lemonade Cookie Collection or send some sunshine with the special ALSF glassybaby votive holder. Check out our full list of sponsored products here. 

2. Shop Your Way Through Our 2017 Gift Guide

Alex’s Shop has everything you need to raise awareness and check off the gifts on your list! Our 2017 gift guide includes 10 of our favorite items that support childhood cancer awareness. From socks to sweatshirts to our signature cookbook, Alex’s Shop will make you a star at every gift-giving occasion!

3. Snag Your Invite to the Ball

Be your loved one’s fairy godmother (or godfather!) and snag some tickets to The Lemon Ball! Held each year in downtown Philadelphia, The Lemon Ball is our fanciest event of the year. Be inspired all night long, while enjoying signature cocktails and fine food.
4. Gift Research

The perfect gift for those who have everything is the gift of childhood cancer research! With donation options to fit every budget (from $25 for 30 minutes to $800 for 2 days of research), you can sponsor cutting-edge childhood cancer research on behalf of a friend or family member. Plus, ALSF will send them a handwritten acknowledgment card and you can rest easy with the knowledge that your 30 minutes of research could be the 30 minutes that leads to a breakthrough.
5. Set Up Amazon Smile

We all love last minute shopping with Amazon Prime! During the holiday season and all year long, your Amazon shopping can also benefit ALSF. When you shop at and select Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation as your charitable organization, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of your eligible purchase price to us. 

6. Take a Survey

While you wait in long lines at the mall or spend hours at the airport for holiday travel, take a couple of surveys on SurveyMonkey and raise money for ALSF! When you sign up here and select ALSF as your preferred charity, SurveyMonkey will donate 50 cents to ALSF for each brief survey you complete. You’ll also earn a chance to win great prizes!

7. Donate Your Car

Shopping for a new car before the year ends and need to unload an old car? Vehicle donations are another way to help raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. When you donate a vehicle with Cars that Cure, you help fund important childhood cancer research. You can donate cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs and more. 

8. Pick your 2018 Lemonade Stand Date

It’s never too early (or too cold) to host a lemonade stand. Reserve your date for your 2018 Alex’s Lemonade Stand, now. Whether you host in winter, spring, summer or fall, now is the perfect time to start planning how you will make a difference in 2018! 

9. Resolve To Race

January 1st brings New Year’s resolutions! If your resolution this year is to run a marathon or get in better shape, join Team Lemon, ALSF’s charity racing team. Team Lemon members train for races, fundraise and represent ALSF all over the country. It is a great way to meet your athletic goals while helping find cures. 

10. One Cup At A Time Club

Our founder, Alex Scott, believed everyone’s contributions made a difference – no matter how big or small! The story of her lemonade stand shows how little things can have a big impact on childhood cancer. Join our “One Cup at a Time” club and follow in Alex’s footsteps by making a recurring gift each month. This is a great way to give back and help find cures, one cup at a time. 

Thank you for your generous support that will help us find cures for children battling cancer. Your support helps children like Elijah, who has been battling neuroblastoma for 13 years. Elijah’s hope for a cure comes from the cutting-edge research our supporters make possible. Read more about Elijah and how you can support his search for a cure here.

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Elijah was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, the most common solid non-brain tumor in children, at just 4 years old. His diagnosis came in 2005, just a year after Alex Scott passed away. Elijah’s family repeated the difficult cycle of remission and relapse over the next three years.

Elijah, now 17, is battling relapsed neuroblastoma.

After three years of treatment for neuroblastoma, Elijah Talley had exhausted options at his hometown hospital. Diagnosed when he was just 4 years old, Elijah went through the endless cycle of treatment and relapse, again and again. Conventional treatments, which included high dose chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell transplant, failed.

Neuroblastoma, the most common type of extra-cranial solid tumor in children, can range from benign to malignant. Advances in targeted therapies have made some cases of neuroblastoma easier to treat; while other cases are still tricky. When frontline treatment fails and children like Elijah relapse, clinical trials represent the best hope for remission and survival.

But, clinical trials are often far from home. For the Talleys, “far” meant a 1200 mile journey to Philadelphia. 

The family found a clinical trial at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), led by Dr. John Maris, a member of the ALSF Scientific Advisory Board. On the eve of their third trip to Philadelphia in less than three months, Elijah was unable to fly because of his condition. The only way to get Elijah to treatment would be an expensive and time-consuming road trip.

“The sad reality is the challenges that come with traveling so far often making it impossible for families. The expenses are incredibly overwhelming—especially when most families like ours are already in great financial distress,” said Dawn Talley, Elijah’s mother. 

The similarities between Elijah and ALSF founder Alex Scott's stories led the Talley's to the ALSF website.  Both battled neuroblastoma. Both relapsed. Both needed to travel for treatment.  

Working with their hospital social worker, the Talleys used the ALSF Travel for Care program to help with travel expenses to and from Philadelphia. Dawn even recalls a time when the family was stranded in Chicago overnight because of weather. She had $13 in her wallet. 

“Our social worker made the call to ALSF and within minutes, the staff reserved a hotel room that not only had a free airport shuttle but also had a complimentary breakfast,” said Dawn. 

Elijah had been traveling back and forth from Little Rock to Philadelphia for nine years and hosting ALSF lemonade stands for 11 years. Elijah still has neuroblastoma—but the treatments guided by Dr. Maris and his neuroblastoma team at CHOP continue to offer hope. 

The Talley's have never given up on Elijah, now 17, and ALSF will never give up funding research to help ensure kids like him receive the potentially lifesaving treatment they need.​

“I know that we would go to the ends of the world to save our son. I also know that we couldn’t get there without help,” said Dawn. 

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT is why children like Elijah and his family have hope and are able to receive potentially lifesaving treatments to fight childhood cancer.  

YOU ARE THE REASON why Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has been able to continue to fund researchers around the country to develop new treatments and cures for childhood cancer. 

YOUR GENEROUS GIFT helps fund the most promising, innovative scientific projects with the greatest likelihood of making an impact.



SLA attendee Reilley Connelly with hero Brooke Mulford. Brooke inspired Reilley to get involved with ALSF and to stay involved. 

Reilley Connelly, a sophomore at Boston University, is a two-time ALSF Student Leadership Academy attendee. Reilley first discovered the Student Leadership Academy (SLA) as a junior in high school. Then last year, when the program opened to college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, Reilley applied again.

“Before the Student Leadership Academy, I had no idea how powerful one person could be to make a difference in the world,” said Reilley. Now, Reilley is taking the lessons she learned at the SLA to start a Lemon Club at her college and continue to fundraise for childhood cancer research.

The SLA is held each July at Villanova University outside of Philadelphia and attracts high school and college students from all over the world. Students learn about leadership, fundraising, childhood cancer research and gain valuable insights into how they can be change-makers in their community. This week-long experience includes an attendee-hosted lemonade stand.  

Reilley shared her experience with us. 

How has childhood cancer impacted your life?

Reilley Connelly (RC): Through my best friend, I met Brooke Mulford, who battled neuroblastoma and passed away this summer. The connection with Brooke was instant. She became such a big part of my life—she was someone my family talked about daily. Brooke and her mother, Amy, always shared the positive ways that ALSF impacted their lives. They introduced me to the Foundation and then I heard about the Student Leadership Academy and applied during my sophomore year.  Then, I met ALSF founder Alex Scott's family during the SLA and it was a huge eye-opener. ALSF does make a difference greater than any other cause I’ve encountered and now I can be a part of it. 

What was your first time at the Student Leadership Academy like?

RCI still talk to the other students I was with at Villanova. Just those few days together impacted me for a lifetime. We all held a lemonade stand at the end of the week and I was amazed at how much money we could raise—thousands of dollars in such a short time—to help fund childhood cancer research. I loved the experience of hosting a lemonade stand the most.

Why did you go back?

RC: I saw that there was a college program and thought what a great way to further my experience. I had also thought about starting a Lemon Club at my college. I knew that going to the Student Leadership Academy would give me the tools and knowledge I needed to make that happen.  Going back a second time; I had a whole new perspective. I was older and more of a young adult, who understood what was at stake and how important it is to support research for childhood cancer. This time we got to talk to researchers and see what the money goes to, which was really impactful. 

What lessons have you brought back to Boston University?

RC: The first time helped me understand more about what the Foundation does and what it is all about. I also learned how to fundraise and better understand the effort that goes into securing donations. Now when I see others fundraising for causes they care about, I understand the effort that goes into that. 

The second time helped me with my goal of starting a Lemon Club at Boston University. Our Lemon Club is officially approved at my school. We have lots of great plans to involve our large campus in fundraising for ALSF and to partner with other student groups, like fraternities and sororities. 

What’s next for you?

RC: I am excited to get the Lemon Club up and running at my school. I am also interested in working in the health/life science field because of my experience with ALSF. My major is business administration and I’d love to focus on applying a business background to that field. 

Since 2011, ALSF has trained 350 students, from 18 different states and 2 countries. The SLA attendees have also raised $33,953 for childhood cancer research, which funds 679 hours of research. For more information, please contact Gayla Carr at [email protected] or (610) 649-3034