The Childhood Cancer Blog

The Childhood Cancer Blog

Welcome to The Childhood Cancer Blog
from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation!

May 28, 2019
  • Learn the story behind the Alex's Lemonade Days and Alex's Original Stand for childhood cancer.
    Back where it all began, ALSF founder Alex Scott.
  • Alex Scott's idea to find cures for childhood cancer with lemonade stands, continues 15 years later.
    Alex Scott's idea to find cures for childhood cancer with lemonade stands, continues 15 years later.

It all started with one front yard lemonade stand. 

ALSF Founder Alex Scott had a big idea: to host lemonade stands to help other kids just like her feel better. When Alex was just 4-years-old, she hosted her first lemonade stand. That first stand kept growing each year and four years later, when Alex was 8-years-old, her lemonade stand raised $1 million for childhood cancer research.

The last stand that Alex would attend was held at her elementary school, Penn Wynne... Read More

January 18, 2019
  • Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation founder, Alex Scott, on her 8th Birthday. January 18, 2019 marks what would have been Alex's 23rd birthday.
  • Liz and Jay Scott, Alex's parents, sat down to look through pictures of Alex. You can watch the whole story on Facebook.
  • In June 2004, students and staff at Penn Wynne Elementary stood in the formation of Alex's name to welcome her home from the hospital.
  • Alex's first day of Kindergarten; complete with her adorable tights.
  • Alex's 12 month picture, taken a couple months late because of her neuroblastoma diagnosis.
  • Before Alex's diagnosis, Liz says "You could see it, the determination and the knowing look."
  • Alex loved to be silly.
  • Alex's last Halloween, as a garden fairy.
  • In typical Alex fashion she asked for a "surprise" birthday party when she turned 4.
  • Alex spent 30 days in the hospital for a stem cell transplant, beginning just a few days after her 4th birthday.
  • Alex loved her brothers and loved being a little sister to Patrick and a big sister to Joey and Eddie.

by Liz Scott, Alex's Mom 

Earlier this week, we sat in our Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation office to look through photos of Alex that we hadn’t seen in a long time. It was a conscious walk down memory lane—one that took us through Alex’s eight birthday parties and her now-famous-lemonade stands and regular family moments with Alex and her three brothers, Patrick, Eddie and Joey. 

Taking this stroll down memory lane is overwhelming. It’s not that we don’t want to remember everything about Alex; it is just when we do, this act of having to remember is bittersweet.

We... Read More

September 13, 2018
  • Alexandra “Alex” Scott said it best: “I think if we all work together, we can do it.”
  • This is ALSF’s Formula for Cures. It starts and ends with the inspiration of supporters, heroes and researchers.
  • Alex Scott inspired supporters everywhere to make a difference—from stand hosts to corporate partners to children to adults to researchers—each of us has a contribution to make towards cures.
  • To maintain our dedication to rigorous scientific review, the Crazy 8 Initiative will create a roadmap to tackle the most pressing problems facing researchers.
  • Each year, ALSF-funded Young Investigators gather to share their research, network and collaborate on ways to innovate their research.
  • Accelerating breakthrough research for hard to treat cancers like DIPG is critical. ALSF-funded researcher, Dr. Michelle Monje, recently discovered that a type of immunotherapy shows promise in the treatment of this deadly brain tumor.
  • Willow’s family needed to make a 1,000 mile road trip every three months for her treatment for a rare brain tumor. The ALSF Travel for Care program was able to provide her with immediate financial support to receive her treatment at a facility far from home.
  • There is enough publicly available disease data at the National Institute of Health to fill up several hundred Libraries of Congress and through ALSF’s investment in technology, the Childhood Cancer Data Lab is translating that data into one consistent format for researchers to access and use.
  • Supporters, like the Lemonettes, take a stand every day for cures. The sister duo has raised more than $15,000 since 2012.
  • The inspiration for all the work we do begins and ends with our supporters. Dr. Glen Samuels and his patient, Malina, worked together to identify a biomarker for Ewing sarcoma. Dr. Samuels used Malina’s donated blood sample in the lab to study what happens in the blood when a child has Ewing sarcoma.

by Trish Adkins

Starting with her very first lemonade stand, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) founder, sparked a movement—a movement not only to help sick kids get better and find cures for childhood cancer; but one that would inspire and call on each one of us to work together.

Over the last 13 years, childhood cancer heroes and their families, donors, volunteers, and of course, researchers have come together for one goal: cures for childhood cancer.

At ALSF, we have learned that curing childhood cancer is not just a product of... Read More