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Hooray - it's June and National Lemonade Days weekend is just about to kick off! It's our busiest week of the year here, but all of us at ALSF are excited, inspired and ready for another incredible week and summer of working with you, our dedicated supporters. 

Do you want to get involved in Lemonade Days (June 6-8) but haven't registered to hold a stand yet? Not a problem - there's still plenty of time to sign up and hold a stand or event. Simply register on our website, check out our downloads section for signs and posters you can print out, and have a great event knowing that you are part of a team of thousands of other supporters holding stands over the weekend. 

If you can't hold a stand, support your neighbors! Search for stands and events in your area and stop by for a glass of cold lemonade. Additionally, several ALSF sponsors host fundraisers of their own not just this weekend, but throughout the month of June providing more ways to get involved - a few are mentioned below, but you can check out the full list of sponsor events online.  

Thank you for your support!

A&P – From Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 15, over 300 A&P locations will sell paper lemons to raise funds for ALSF. Select locations will also host lemonade stands during the fundraising effort.

A.C. Moore – From Monday, June 23 through Friday July 25, all 140 A.C. Moore stores along the East Coast will participate in a fundraising drive by asking customers to donate $1 to ALSF during checkout.

Applebee’s – The Rose Group (Applebee’s franchisee) will host the 8th annual charity classic at Talamore Country Club to benefit ALSF on Monday, June 9. The golf outing will act as a preview to over 800 participating Applebee’s restaurants nationwide selling paper lemons and/or donating a portion of the sales from each lemonade sold (all varieties) through their Summer Squeeze promotion from July 1-31.

Country Time As part of their Famtastic Lemonade Stand-tacular, Country Time Lemonade is inviting stand hosts across the country to upload photos to their favorite social media channels of their stands using the hashtag #countrytime. For each photo that is uploaded, Country Time will donate $5, up to $50,000, to ALSF.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill – To support National Lemonade Days, all 31 Firebirds Wood Fired Grill locations will host Alex’s Lemonade Stands from 11:30am-9pm on Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8.

QVC – QVC and premier jewelry designer Honora have teamed up to benefit ALSF through the creation of a special Honora bracelet, which is scheduled to launch on QVC® Sunday, June 1. Together, Honora and QVC will donate 25% of the QVC sale price of each bracelet sold, “between June 1 and September 30”, to ALSF. Shoppers are encouraged to visit to order this special piece.

Rita’s Italian Ice – From June 1-30, Rita’s guests at their more than 600 locations will have the opportunity to purchase a paper lemon through a $1 donation. The funds raised will be designated to the Rita’s Fund of Hope, to ensure the travel needs of families whose children are battling cancer are met.

Teleflora – Beginning in April and spanning through September, Teleflora will offer customers the opportunity to purchase floral bouquets from the Sunny Day Pitcher Collection in support of ALSF. For each Sunny Day Pitcher bouquet sold at, 10% of the revenue will be donated to the Foundation.

Toys“R”Us® – For the fourth consecutive year, Toys“R”Us is hosting a two-month, in-store and online fundraising and awareness campaign benefiting ALSF. Now through Thursday, July 31, customers can make donations at all Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us® stores nationwide and online at This year, Toys“R”Us kicked off the campaign with a new consumer engagement initiative, #Stir4ACure, which encourages social media users to show support for ALSF by sharing who or what they stir for – whether it’s a cure, a family member or all children fighting cancer using a downloadable sign and the dedicated hashtag.

Volvo Cars of North America – Volvo will have a presence at Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, where they will draw the raffle winner for a brand new Volvo XC60. All proceeds will be donated to ALSF. Additionally, with the purchase of every new Volvo, participating Volvo retailers will donate $10 to ALSF.
Every family affected by childhood cancer has a story to tell. Each time a family tells their story, it opens people’s eyes and hearts to the importance of curing childhood cancer. This is the impetus behind Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's Hero Ambassador Program. Hero ambassadors are often family members of childhood cancer heroes, but our brave heroes also take on the role of ambassadors.

Meet Hero Ambassador Jonathan Nagrant. Jonathan was diagnosed with ependymoma (a type of brain cancer) at the age of 7. He is now a confident 11-year-old and a proud ambassador for ALSF telling his inspiring story of hope at events big and small.

Jonathan after brain surgery to remove his tumor.
Jonathan one day after surgery learning how to walk again.

Jonathan today! Speaking at a golf outing on behalf of ALSF.

Another on of our heroes, Brady Williams, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma just before he turned 2, but is now a cancer free 7-year-old who recently spoke for the first time at a local school fundraising for ALSF. 

Brady and his mom Megan.
Although Brady’s mom noted what a great job Brady did speaking to the large group, the note below from the host at the school truly conveys the impact Brady had on the students:

The students loved Brady because he is in the same age group as the students in our school. He was a very brave boy to stand in front of over 400 children and answer questions about his battle with cancer. Mrs. Williams was also an excellent speaker. She told Brady’s story in a way that that the children could understand. You could have heard a pin drop in our gymnasium as the children listened to story about the type of cancer Brady had, the treatments he received and what his life is like now that he is cancer free. Many parents told us that their children talked about the visit when they got home that evening.

Brady and Mrs. Williams definitely made an impact. They helped the children understand why we were raising money and that children  with cancer can get well. The entire school was inspired to do their best to make our events successful so we could help children like Brady.

Learn more and request a hero ambassador for your stand or event this summer! Whether it’s a family member or the hero themselves, these wonderful families are turning lemons into lemonade by using the power of their experience to make a difference.

Happy lemonade season!

Alex and her mom, Liz Scott.

May is here, which means an all important holiday is right around the corner. Yes, National Lemonade Days (June 6-8) is just about a month away, but we’re actually talking about Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 11. Need some ideas to show Mom that she’s the best that also help contribute to the fight against childhood cancer? We’ve got you covered. Check out a few ideas below, but remember that you can always make a donation to ALSF in your mom’s name and we’ll send her a handwritten card to let her know of your thoughtful gesture (please note, we send the cards out as soon as we receive honor donations, but depending where you live, we can't guarantee that they'll get there before Mother's Day).

#MyHeroMom Campaign
This Mother’s Day, our partner Northwestern Mutual is celebrating all moms as heroes, by raising funds and awareness to fight childhood cancer with the #MyHeroMom campaign. Northwestern Mutual has already kicked off the campaign with a $25,000 donation, but from now through May 13, they’ll try to raise another $25,000 for ALSF and you can help. Honor a heroic mom or mother-figure in your life – whether a mom, daughter, aunt, sister or friend simply by uploading an image to Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #myheromom. Photos can depict you and your mother figure or a symbolic image of your mom as a hero. For each use of the hashtag #MyHeroMom, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation will donate $5 to ALSF, up to $50,000. 

Flowers that Give Back
Let’s face it, you can never go wrong with flowers. Brighten up your mom’s day by sending her an arrangement from Teleflora’s Sunny Day Pitcher bouquet collection at and they will donate 10% of the revenue to ALSF. There are 5 fun bouquets' to choose from that all include a yellow ceramic pitcher (perfect for serving up some lemonade)!

Volvo Raffle
Can you imagine the look on your mom’s face if she won a new car? It would be a hard gift to top, but you can provide her with the opportunity by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2015 Volvo XC60. The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, June 7 at You’ve been asking for it and it’s finally here – a new ALSF t-shirt made especially for ladies. The “smiling lemons” t-shirt is a navy blue v-neck and super soft. You can pre-order one now online (only $18), we expect them to ship mid-May. We also have more new t-shirts available for pre-order that Mom (or anyone) is sure to love including our official 2014 t-shirt , a new "One Cup at a Time" t-shirt and more! Check them all out at Alex’s Shop online.

Put Mom on the Wall at Five Below
Staring today (May 5) through May 26, donate $1 at your local Five Below store in exchange for a lemon-shaped pinup that you can dedicate to Mom and hang on the wall of the store. In addition, Five Below will be selling limited-edition, lemon-scented Funky Fingers brand nail polish and EOS lemon drop lip balm and donating a portion of the proceeds to ALSF.

We jump at the chance to meet our grantees in person and were thrilled to catch up with several of them at the recent AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) meeting in San Diego (April 5-9). We know, medical research conferences may not seem too interesting, but for us – they’re the perfect chance to get in front of all of the scientists studying cancer to let them know what we’re doing here at ALSF, the progress that our research funding is helping to make and how they can be a part of finding cures for kids with cancer. The more brilliant minds we have committed to the field, the faster we’ll find those cures!

In addition to meeting up with a bunch of our grantees, several of which joined in our National Lemonade Days social media campaign by taking photos with our Lemonade Days sign (

Finally, we were so pleased to also meet one of our hero families while in town, Dave and Anita Garmo. Dave and Anita are the parents of Julia Garmo who is a charming, sweet and energetic 6 year old fighting neuroblastoma. 

So what did we take away from AACR 2014? Hardworking researchers, incredible supporters and inspiring hero families - not a bad day's work!

March Madness may be over and let’s just say that I am one happy basketball fan with both the UConn men’s and women’s team winning national titles. In case you haven't figured it out yet, I am proud to be from Connecticut, and proud to be a UConn grad, but my love for the university and the town of Storrs goes much deeper than basketball.

Growing up in Connecticut, UConn was always the school to follow (are there any other schools in the state of Connecticut?). Throughout my childhood, I can remember staying up past my bedtime to listen to games on the radio, and once the Big East was introduced, I was always watching the UConn men's basketball games on TV. I can remember very vividly how the men's team struggled in those early years of the Big East against teams like Syracuse and Georgetown, but somehow we always knew that UConn had the heart of champions, it may just take a while for the skill level to match the heart.

When it was time for my wife, Liz, and I to decide where we would go to college, it is not surprising that there was only one choice, and it was UConn. As students, we were honored to be season ticket holders and in the years we attended the university, there wasn't a lottery for student season tickets, you just paid $50 and were granted access to a season's worth of games. We traveled to games in Hartford and the Big East Tournament in New York City in buses provided by the university, and what a time it was. I feel lucky to count myself among the early believers in Huskies basketball, and as I wear my UConn shirt proudly today; not much has changed.

Shortly after graduation from UConn, Liz and I would start our own business, opening a coffee shop, The Java Joint, at the UConn Co-op Bookstore. We were happy to provide students and faculty alike with a place to grab a good cup of coffee, and it was here that we continued our love for the basketball team. As avid basketball fans, we were pleased that many of the players and coaches frequented the Java Joint, and I can tell you from personal experience that Ray Allen was a hot chocolate drinker while Jim Calhoun preferred regular coffee.

It was during this time that Liz and I began a family, welcoming our first two children to our brood, Patrick and Alex, who spent their early years in Storrs on the UConn campus. In fact this was the place we called home when Alex was first diagnosed with childhood cancer. After her diagnosis and surgery, we returned to work at our coffee place, and found that the UConn community had rallied around our entire family. It's emotional to recall, but when they found out that we had sub-standard health insurance as self-employed people, the community supported us not only letting us know they were there for us physically, but in helping us to pay Alex's mounting medical bills. This is a gift that we will never be able to return, but it speaks to the character of the people at UConn, I don't believe they ever expected anything in return. I felt that it was a "we take care of our own" mentality from day one. I often tell my wife that when we retire I want to spend half the year in Storrs -- it means that much to me.

We will always root for the Huskies, not just because we love UConn basketball, but also because we love the UConn community and the great people behind it. Who knows, maybe some of that great UConn mentality rubbed off on Alex, causing her to come up with her lemonade stand idea in the first place. She may not have won the national title like UConn did, but she certainly was the champion of many people's hearts, and a champion for others who faced childhood cancer. Thank you to UConn and Alex, for teaching us what champions are really all about.

 Originally posted on the Huffington Post, April 8, 2014.