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Your Guide to Helping Kids with Cancer in 2023

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By: Trish Adkins

This year, more than 400,000 children will be diagnosed with childhood cancer at clinics and hospitals around the world. While overall survival rates have increased, childhood cancer still remains the leading cause of death by disease in the United States. Those children who do survive are twice as likely to suffer long term side effects from harsh, toxic treatments. 

Childhood cancer will happen in 2023, but if we all work together, we can make a difference for kids facing cancer. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Founder Alex Scott believed that safer treatments and cures were possible when we all did our part. Whether you are looking for a way to get your family, your friends, your colleagues or just yourself involved in the fight for cures for childhood cancer, ALSF has fun ways to make a difference! 

Here’s how you can help kids with cancer in 2023:

1.   Join the One Cup at a Time Club!   
When: Today, Any day!
Register: Now

Join the ALSF One Cup at a Time Club by committing to an automatic monthly donation! Your monthly gift will help sustain the work of the Foundation and give you access to member-only perks, like exclusive access to special content, swag and the knowledge that your donation is making an impact every single month. The amount of the monthly donation is up to you, but for as little as $5 a month, you can know you’ve funded more than an hour of research! 

2. Host a Lemonade Stand during Lemonade Days 
When: June 3-11, 2023
Register: Coming Soon!

Take your stand against childhood cancer as Lemonade Days returns this June! This annual tradition began with 8-year-old Alex Scott’s goal of raising $1 million for “her doctors,” to help kids like her fighting cancer. Her belief inspired others to unite in the cause, and she raised $1 million before she passed away, thanks to lemonade stands held by supporters like you. Join Lemonade Days this year by hosting a stand wherever you are and however you want — in your front yard, at your office or out in the community!

3.   Dine with the Greats at The Great Chef Event
When: June 10
Register: Coming Soon! 

The Great Chefs Event Philadelphia is back in 2023 for its 16th year! This event is the original ALSF culinary event hosted by Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin. Superstar chefs from across the country will come together under one roof and serve their signature tasting dishes at this family-friendly event. Taste amazing food, enjoy delicious wine and beer, bid on fabulous auction items and support the fight for cures. 

4.    Track your Miles and Raise some Funds for The Million Mile 
When: September 1-30, 2023
Register: Coming Soon!

Held each September during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The Million Mile is a month-long challenge that funds researchers so they can find better treatments and more cures for childhood cancer. Whether you’re a casual walker, an avid cyclist or a triathlete, YOU can make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer from anywhere by logging your miles and raising money! 

5.  LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade
When: September 2023
Register: Coming Soon!

Back, after a long hiatus, LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade brings superstar chefs and mixologists to Los Angeles to lend their support to the fight against childhood cancer. Hosted by Chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne along with Chef David Lentz, this fun and family-friendly afternoon features one-of-a-kind food and drink samplings. Guests can mingle with the gourmet chefs behind the dishes and taste fine dining from across the country. With over $1.3 million raised in 2019, this event’s impact only continues to grow for all kids with cancer. Come join us this year for food and fun for the whole family!

6. End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run 
When: October 2023
Register: Stay tuned!

The End Childhood Cancer Walk/Run is always in spook-tacular form each October! Hosted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Marine Parade Grounds, this inspiring 5K (3.1 miles) always comes with some tricks and treats!  Participants are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costume best and have fun running, walking and raising money for kids with cancer! 

7. Become a Champion for Kids with cancer
When: During Your Season
Register: Anytime!

Do you play a sport? Take your season to the next level by turning your athletic accomplishments into dollars for kids with cancer! By being a Champion for Kids with Cancer, you can demonstrate your dedication to being the best person you can be every day. Whether you are a basketball player scoring points, a goalie making saves, a baseball player stealing home, or a cyclist riding miles, when you sign up to be a Champion, you are committed to making a difference! 

8.    Show Support In-Person at an Event Near You!
When: All-year long
Register: Ongoing

No matter where you live, you can make a difference for kids with cancer all year long. Check out the full list of ALSF special events to find one in your local area or use our lemonade stand finder to find a stand in your neighborhood to support!