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February 14, 2020
  • Pictured above, a note from ALSF founder, Alex Scott, to her mother. “You never know when a simple gesture will become a treasure to those you leave behind," said her mom Liz Scott
    Pictured above, a note from ALSF founder, Alex Scott, to her mother. “You never know when a simple gesture will become a treasure to those you leave behind," said her mom Liz Scott
  • Alex, with her cat Herbert. Herbert was one of Alex’s great loves. 
    Alex, with her cat Herbert. Herbert was one of Alex’s great loves. 
  • In 2004, Alex painted a picture of hearts and stars. Each year, supporters donate to ALSF for a chance to rent this painting. 
    In 2004, Alex painted a picture of hearts and stars. Each year, supporters donate to ALSF for a chance to rent this painting. 
  • Named after Alex Scott, Alex Dixon, pictured above, celebrated her 1st birthday and supported ALSF. Her father Paul shared his love of ALSF on social media to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation. 
    Named after Alex Scott, Alex Dixon, pictured above, celebrated her 1st birthday and supported ALSF. Her father Paul shared his love of ALSF on social media to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation. 

I have a little love note that I cherish. It simply says, “I love you, Mom,” in that sweet irregular handwriting that is the trademark of young kids. My daughter Alex wrote it for me when she was around 6 years old. 

I miss Alex every day. You never know when a simple gesture, like a love note, will become a treasure to those you leave behind.

This year marks 20 years since Alex’s first lemonade stand, and 16 years since Alex was last here to pour lemonade and write me love notes. But her legacy... Read More

January 18, 2020
  • alex scott's birthday celebration
    Alex, center, celebrating her 1st birthday with family.
  • alex scott's birthday
    Alex, center, celebrating her 4th birthday.

Today is my daughter Alex's birthday. If Alex were here, we'd be celebrating her 24th birthday. 

I cannot pretend that these 16 years without Alex have not been painful. Every day without our daughter is marked with pain and grief mixed in with normal, joyous and extraordinary moments. Alex's story—her impactful life, her strong spirit, her wisdom and her belief that anyone, even a kid with a front yard lemonade stand, could make an impact in the fight against something as big and scary as childhood cancer—that is a story I am so glad I get to live. 

Alex was always a... Read More

August 1, 2019
  •  “I can still see her face in my mind, and her different expressions of happiness, sadness, or resting,” said Liz Scott, of her daughter Alexandra ”Alex”  Scott, the founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
    “I can still see her face in my mind, and her different expressions of happiness, sadness, or resting,” said Liz Scott, of her daughter Alexandra ”Alex” Scott, the founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
  • “When she wanted something badly, boy did she make it her focus to get it,” said Liz.
    “When she wanted something badly, boy did she make it her focus to get it,” said Liz.
  • Alex was just 4 years old when she hosted her first lemonade stand that was the seed that grew into ALSF.
    Alex was just 4 years old when she hosted her first lemonade stand that was the seed that grew into ALSF.
  • “Her fight and grit got her through seven and a half years of treatment,” said Liz.
    “Her fight and grit got her through seven and a half years of treatment,” said Liz.
  • “I remember the big things that made Alex, Alex, like her sense of humor, and how her smile could light up a room,” said Liz.
    “I remember the big things that made Alex, Alex, like her sense of humor, and how her smile could light up a room,” said Liz.

Fifteen years ago today, my daughter Alexandra “Alex” Scott took her last few breaths after a seven and a half year battle with childhood cancer. She was 8 years old.  

Every day, I go into work at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation—the organization that both bears her name and carries on her legacy of raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. Alex was just 4 years old when she hosted her first lemonade stand to help doctors find the medicines to make other children battling cancer feel better. (Lesson 1: Kids are smart and full of goodness.)  

My daughter’s... Read More

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