By: Trish Adkins
We’ve been home for a long time. And while I know my family has definitely spent more time outside than we did pre-pandemic, we are all starting to get a little bored with the same outdoor activities. While we all have to continue to follow the socially distancing guidelines set forth by our state and local governments, there are plenty of creative ways we can stay close to home, maintain safe distances and still get outside!
With warmer, sunnier days ahead, there is no better time to get moving, get outside and make some lemonade out of this lockdown. Need some inspiration? Here are six amazing ways you can get moving this week:
1. Sign up for our Virtual End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run on May 23 and start training!
Our first ever Virtual 5K will be held on May 23. Registration is fast (and free!) and it is a great way to spend part of your Memorial Day weekend while also raising awareness and funds to support kids with cancer. Need training tips? We’ve got you covered here.
You're invited to The Virtual End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run on Saturday, May 23! Spend your Memorial Day weekend joining other Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation supporters for this virtual 5K (3.1 mile) walk/run that can be done at any location, any time of day. All proceeds from this virtual event will benefit the COVID-19 emergency fund, which supports childhood cancer families in need by providing grocery assistance, extending safe lodging near treatment centers, and facilitating travel for care where possible. Childhood cancer families need our help now more than ever, so join us virtually on May 23 by taking steps toward cures together. Register today at our link in bio.
2. Take a page out of Chase’s book and practice the sport you love.
High school freshman Chase is in treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. His treatment knocks out his immune system; but he is allowed a little chip and putt time on the back range, provided he is alone. You can hit a few balls in your background or organize a game of kickball or other sport for your household.
Social distancing at the back of the range. He’s only allowed to chip and putt because of his PICC line. 2 rounds of chemo complete, 3 to go! #golfboy #hodgkinslymphoma #cgstrong #thisiscancer #teencancerawareness @juniorgolfofaz @elitegolfschools #makealexslemonade @alexslemonade #cancercrusher
3. Prepare for future races ahead
Nancy lost her best friend to leukemia when she was just 12 years old. Today, Nancy is training for a marathon as part of Team Lemon to honor her best friend.
4. Grab your furry friend and spend some extra time outside.
ALSF staffer and childhood cancer survivor Brenna has been spending a little extra time outside with her daughters and Eleanor, their French bulldog.
It's a paw-ty! #AlexsLemonade staffer Brenna and her family have been making lemonade out of the more time at home by hanging out with their french bulldog Eleanor! Eleanor is the "happiest she's ever been with all of her humans home." How are you making lemonade when life gives you lemons? #MakeAlexsLemonade
5. Work like Penelope.
Two years ago, little Penelope was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor and surgery left her with some physical limitations — which Penelope is working to knockdown. Every day, Penelope is working to get stronger and walk more, a goal that should inspire all of us to get out and get moving!
Staying busy with our in- home P.T. exercises. . Activity for balance: Pick up Peppa Pig & her school friends from the "bus stop" & walk each of them home. . . When the brain tumor was surgically removed 2 years ago, it left her with no voluntary movement on the entire right side of her body. Here we are now, 2 years into our therapeutic journey, and rockin' it!! . . . #PT #physicaltherapy #pediatrictherapy #learningtowalkagain #balanceexercise #ptathome #PeppaPig #walkingagain #therapyideas #exercisetherapy #makealexslemonade #anythingispossible #pediatriccancer #braintumor #hemiplegia
6. Clip in and ride off
Sunny days are perfect for bike rides around your neighborhood or town. Check out SuperSib Nicholas who learned how to pedal and ride around on two wheels this Spring.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is launching a social media campaign inspired by ALSF founder Alex Scott’s positive outlook in times of uncertainty. We want to know how you are making lemonade out of lemons during this time - whether by learning new skills, getting creative, connecting with family or friends through video chat or doing something else that puts a sweet smile on your faces! However you're making lemonade out of this situation, we want to know! Share your special moments with us on social media using the hashtag #MakeAlexsLemonade.
Everyone can make a difference in the fight for cures for childhood cancer! While we are all home now, we can still work together. Sign up for the Virtual End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run on May 23, and together, we can help families now who need our support!