By: Trish Adkins
Last weekend, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation held its first-ever Virtual End Childhood Cancer Run/Walk 5K. More than 2,000 participants in 46 states and five countries came together to go the distance in their neighborhoods, local parks and on their treadmills. The result: ALSF is able to help more than 400 families who are facing a childhood cancer diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic by fulfilling immediate needs.
The money you raised has enabled ALSF to provide grocery assistance, extended safe, isolated lodging and facilitating travel through ALSF’s COVID-19 emergency fund. During a time of uncertainty and fear, you all showed that when we work together, we can make a difference.
This feel-good Friday, we wanted to share the participants who warmed-us up, went the distance and continued to believe that together, we will cure childhood cancer:
1. The Littlest Walkers
Today we walked for all the warriors, survivors, & angels in the @alexslemonade End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run Thank you to everyone who donated in honor of Vincent. With your help we raised enough to fund 4 days of childhood cancer research. #alexslemonade #alsf #vincenttheconqueror #victory4vincent #childhoodcancer #braincancer #braintumor #gogold #gogray #btam #ATRT #FIGHTVINCENTFIGHT #prayforvincent
2. The Proud Papas
3. The First Time 5Kers
4. The Supporters Everywhere
We'd like to thank the more than 2,000 supporters from 46 states and five countries who participated in the Virtual End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run! Everyone raised both awareness about what the reality is like for families facing a diagnosis at this time, and enough funds to support more than 400 families! This money has helped fulfill the immediate needs of childhood cancer families by providing grocery assistance, extending safe, isolated lodging and facilitating travel for treatment through #AlexsLemonade’s COVID-19 emergency fund. We’d also like to give a special shoutout to our sponsors Northwestern Mutual – Chicago, Just Installations, Chef Anita Lo and ONEHOPE Wine, whose support was so appreciated. Thank you for running and walking with us and making a difference!
5. Those Who Walked in Memory
•23• 23 represents freedom 23 represents a light worker - someone who is born to serve others 23 is Mighty Milo’s number • Three months ago today, Milo Bingham lost his life to infantile leukemia. He was only a year and a half. Milo’s story is a huge part of why I made childhood cancer research my platform. Today I participated in @alexslemonade End Childhood Cancer virtual run/walk, and it’s no surprise to me that it was today. May 23, 2020. 23 has so much significance to the Bingham family, and I know that Milo’s spirit walked with me today. • Children’s cancer research receives less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research and I will advocate and raise awareness and funds for research as long as I can. Parents should never have to bury their children, and children shouldn’t have to spend their lives in hospitals battling this terrible disease and getting outdated treatments. • I pledged to raise $100 for this organization that will go to their COVID-19 emergency fund. Cancer doesn’t stop because of a virus, and these children still need their treatments and therapies. If you can, please consider making a donation to this cause. You can go to this link to contribute. Any amount makes a huge difference, and I’m over halfway to my goal! If we all come together to fight for our future generations we can all #endchildhoodcancer • www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/2115803
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.