By: Erin Weller
After she was given a life-changing treatment at the age of 4, Alex Scott was determined to raise money to give to her doctor so he could help all kids the way he helped her. She wanted to fund better treatments and research projects to find cures for all childhood cancers.
Alex held her first lemonade stand on July 1, 2000. After that successful stand, Alex set out to raise one million dollars – and she did. Now that’s some extreme support!
Twenty years later, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) continues to honor Alex’s memory by funding more breakthrough research for safer treatments and cures for all children impacted by cancer. Alex believed every donation counts, and we do too. From a couple of bucks to million-dollar missions, ALSF supporters make a difference, every day! Some of our supporters even go to extreme lengths and distances to raise awareness and funds for research!
This month, we’ve got some extreme supporters that’ll make you feel motivated to dream big:
1. Kenny Herriot
Becoming paralyzed might slow down some people, but for Kenny Herriot it was the exact opposite. After a life-changing accident, he discovered hand-cycling and prepared himself for the ultimate challenge: a coast to coast biking expedition across the USA. After hearing Alex’s story, he knew that ALSF would give provide him with strength on his journey and inspiration in the face of some major setbacks.
2. Jim Emanuel
Jim always loved paddling and testing his limits. While taking a solo 3,400-mile Mississippi river voyage by canoe is extreme by most people’s standards, for Jim it was the ideal way to raise money for childhood cancer research! Over four months of whirlpools, rattlesnakes and more, Jim lived off the kindness of the “river angels” and the inspiring tales of three girls with cancer.
3. Potter Cup
What started as two rival schools battling it out for the ultimate trophy, turned into a friendly competition when fighting against a common enemy: childhood cancer. Every year Paxon Hollow and Haverford Middle schools come together for a day of fun, food and fundraising. Every year their event grows into an even more extraordinary fundraising extravaganza, allowing kids to fight for each other.
4. Grandma Bee
Some Grandmas bake cookies to comfort their grandkids, others, go skydiving. If Rebecca’s grandson, Alex, could bravely fight osteosarcoma, then she knew she could do something scary too. This 70-year-old’s fearless attitude allowed her and her husband to fundraise and free-fall at the same time.
5. Climbing Denali
There’s no mountain too high to stop the father-son duo of Jeff and Justin Zorn from fighting childhood cancer. Fueled by the inspiration of Jeff’s daughter fight with a carcinoid tumor, the duo climbed Summit Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America! With a summit of 20,310’, this climb was daunting—but every step was fueled by support and donations from friends and family.
This year, ALSF is celebrating 20 years since Founder Alex Scott hosted her first lemonade stand kicking off a global movement to cure childhood cancer. Discover two decades worth of stories inspired by one girl’s belief in helping kids, like her, fight cancer.