Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Blog

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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

September 5, 2018
  • You can rack up the miles this September and together, we can find cures for childhood cancer!
  • Get your dog in on The Million Mile tracking fun!
  • Lace up those sneakers and get ready to track some miles.
  • You can join The Million Mile anytime in September and track your miles during the biggest childhood cancer awareness challenge!

by Trish Adkins

September brings new beginnings to families everywhere. It’s a new school year and sports, dance and other extracurricular activities begin. It’s also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and around the hallways of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), it is time for The Million Mile, a month-long awareness campaign. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, supporters everywhere join together to track the miles that they walk, run and cycle. ... Read More

August 22, 2018
  • When ALSF founder Alex Scott was just 4 years old, she hosted her first lemonade stand and raised over $2,000. Alex left a legacy of hope, purpose and a call to action for all of us to go the extra mile for children with cancer.
  • Rebecca Byrom wanted to support her grandson Alex, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Since Alex faced his scary situation so bravely, she wanted to do something that scared her: skydiving!
  • Avon Middle School principal David Kimball went the extra mile and promised to kiss a pig if his students met their ALSF lemonade stand fundraising goal. The students did it and the pig was kissed!
  • Jim Emanuel is spending the summer canoing over 3,500 miles from Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. The journey tests his stamina, but Jim says that is nothing compared to what children battling cancer go through.
  • Rik Zortman uses his mobile GPS tracker to spell out the names of childhood cancer heroes to raise awareness and honor their courage. His first name was "Armstrong," his 3-year-old son who died from glioblastoma in 2009. 
  • Since 2012, the Lemonettes have raised more than $15,000 for childhood cancer research. The sisters, who are now 14 and 11-years-old, intend on keeping up their lemonade stand fundraising and are working to get their entire community involved. 
  • The UCLA Nano-Transformers are building breakthroughs and racking up the miles for The Million Mile. The team includes patients, families, patient advocates, UCLA students, physicians, nurses and scientists and brings everyone together for one goal: a cure!
  • The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex transforms their facility into a lemon wonderland during September! They decorate cardio equipment with ALSF signs, plan special events and ask everyone to track their miles for The Million Mile.
  • Bob's Discount Furniture partnered with students at Manchester High School to build a lemonade stand. The students hosted events at their school and the Bob's store in Connecticut.
  • Lindsey Romeo used her "can-do" attitude to gather and turn in cans and bottles for cash, which she donated to ALSF! She collected over 10,000 items in 2017.
  • The Philadelphia regional offices of CBRE used The Million Mile as a way to foster a team environment while promoting workplace health and wellness. The group registered 33 TMM teams in 2017--who all competed to go the most miles in their office! 

by Trish Adkins

When ALSF founder Alex Scott was just 4 years old and in treatment for neuroblastoma, she held her first lemonade stand. Alex raised over $2,000 and sparked a movement towards cures for childhood cancer.  Now, supporters everywhere follow in Alex’s footsteps and go the extra mile every day to help children and find cures! From supporters who jump out of planes or canoe thousands of miles to children who host lemonade stands and researchers working around the clock to find breakthroughs, the list of extra-milers... Read More