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Alex and friends at her 8th birthday party, Jan. 2004

 By Liz Scott

This Saturday, January 18, would have marked Alex’s 18thbirthday. It’s hard to believe that my little girl, my “forever 8 year old”, would be considered an actual adult. I wonder how she would be preparing for the second half of her senior year in high school, would she be going to college, what kind of music would she listen to, would her favorite colors still be purple and blue? So many questions that I’ll never know the answer to. Although my heart aches every time another year goes by without her, I feel very fortunate to know that her life left its mark, and that her spirit lives on in so many beautiful ways.

Some of our childhood cancer heroes at The Lemon Ball.
At our annual Alex and me.



Here we are once again, it's the last day of the year – are you wondering where 2013 went? We sure are, but one thing’s for sure – it was a banner year for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thanks to you, ALSF raised more than $16 million in 2013. That’s $16 million from lemonade stands, other kinds of fundraising events, ALSF special events, Team Lemon races, coin collecting, school programs, donations in the mail and a number of other activities that our supporters have selflessly taken the time to participate in to get us one step closer to finding cures for all childhood cancers.
 
Thank you for all of your support of the fight against childhood cancer this past year. We are excited, motivated and inspired for an even bigger and better 2014!

PS – There’s still time to make a contribution to 2013! Make a tax-deductible donation before midnight tonight (Dec. 31, 2013) and end the year on a high note!

One more look back before we move forward – a few highlights of what you helped to accomplish in 2013 through your support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thank you!
 
IN 2013.... 
More than $16 million raised
  • This translates to 320,000 hours of research looking for better treatments and cures for kids with cancer
107 new childhood cancer research grants funded
More potential breakthroughs from ALSF funded research!
  • Early results from a clinical trial at Duke University Medical Center led in part by ALSF grantee Matthias Gromeier, MD has found that a modified version of the poliovirus is proving effective in treating patients with glioblastoma. For the first patient enrolled in the trial, her lime sized tumor shrank to the size of a pea. 
New grant category – reachin' toward the clinic!
  • A new ALSF research grant category was developed (the Reach Award) with the intent to help move projects into clinical trials, faster.
 
ALSF Travel For Care Program expands
  • In 2013 alone, the ALSF Travel For Care Program provided more than 90 flights, 400 nights of lodging and 3,000 gas cards to help families travel for their child's treatment.  
The Million Mile Run!
  • The Million Mile Run, the first worldwide event during childhood cancer awareness month was a huge success! We didn’t quite make it to our goal of completing one million miles during the month of September, but more than 5,000 supporters worldwide participated either individually or by creating teams and ran or walked nearly 225,000 miles in just one month. More than half a million dollars was raised in addition to immeasurable awareness. 

    Happy New Year!

From all of us here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. Thank you for all that you do to help in the fight against
childhood cancer!

 


The countdown to the holidays is on! Why not give the gift of helping find a cure for kids with cancer? Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has a bunch of ideas perfect for anyone on your list that also give back – check out our list below and get shopping! 

AmazonSmile: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice (including ALSF)!
Blush Daisy Lip Balm: 10% of the proceeds from every Blush Daisy Lip Balm are donated to ALSF.  

Chavez for Charity Bracelets: 25% of the gross sales from Chavez's yellow bracelet are given to ALSF. 

Colonial Candle: 15% of ANY purchase made on the website through Dec. 31, 2013 will be donated to ALSF when you use the promo code ALEX.   

Insomnia Cookies - Eat cookies for a good cause! Insomnia Cookies is donating 5% of all gift box sales from December 8-29. Gift boxes are delivered nationwide and are available in quantities of 12, 18 and 24 cookies.
   
2400 Degrees F - Murano Glass Jewelry Collection: 20% of the gross sales from the custom designed Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation bracelet is donated to ALSF.
     
Hedley & Bennett Apron: 50% of the sales from the Alex's Lemonade apron (the same one worn by the superstar chefs at our culinary events) is donated to ALSF.    
Funloom Bands: For each pack of yellow, sparkly, lemon scented bands sold, 10% of the proceeds with be donated to ALSF. 



Excellent news - all of the fundraising pages that were affected by the website failure have been restored! If this pertains to you, you will (if you haven't already) receive an email from an ALSF staff member about your restored page. If you are actively fundraising, donations can be made immediately to your page and these will appear in the donor listing. 

A few important things to note below:
  • If you have trouble logging into your fundraising page, you can reset your password by going to this link: http://www.alexslemonade.org/user/password. When it asks you to enter your username or email address, use your email address.
  • If you made your fundraising page private when you created it, you’ll need to log in and set it as private again. Our apologies as this was one of the losses in the failure.
  • You may notice that photos, blog entries and some text may be missing from your page. Unfortunately, we did lose this content when the website went down. However, you can add photos, etc…back onto your page to personalize it again.
  • Please note that the donations listed on your page may appear to be missing or outdated at this time. Be assured that we have records of every donation made to your fundraising page, but it will take a few more days to repost them to your page. We hope to have all donations updated on your page by early next week. When these donations are all restored, donors will receive a similar email to this one including directions on how to customize how their donation is listed. 
 Thank you! Contact us with any questions at (866) 333-1213 or [email protected].


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