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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Blog

It’s on – lemonade season is officially underway and although it’s been an extremely busy time at ALSF in the past few weeks, we couldn’t be more pleased at the incredible efforts of all of our supporters who have held stands, attended events, wore one of our t-shirts or simply helped to spread our message of hope for all kids with cancer. So much has been happening; we wanted to provide a quick recap below of all the action.Click on any of the events below to see more photos or sign up to be notified of dates for 2014.

Need a reminder of how your support of ALSF helps kids with cancer? Watch one of our veteran childhood cancer heroes, Dan Hammond and his mom Jody, talk about how advancements in research have helped Dan throughout multiple cancer fights, including his current (fourth) battle with the disease.

Midwest Lemonade Days (May 31-June 1)
This was the 10th year that supporters in the Midwest have teamed up with their local Hy-Vee supermarkets to hold Alex’s Lemonade Stands and raise funds for childhood cancer research – more than $800,000 total in the past decade! The region has shown a tremendous amount of support for the cause, which stemmed from one family’s involvement and has blossomed into this annual, burgeoning event. Check out hero Cooper helping with donations (and his custom poster in the background).

CBS 3 Phone bank (June 6)
Breaking previous years' records, the CBS 3 Phone Bank raised nearly $2 million during this 14 hour televised fundraiser that kicks off National Lemonade Days weekend. In addition to generous donations coming in via phone calls, texts and online – many corporate supporters dropped off big (literally) checks, members of Philly sports teams made appearances and several hero families were interviewed to convey to viewers the importance of funding childhood cancer research. If you don’t live in the Philly area or missed the Phone Bank, you can watch a few of the featured hero stories through the links below (pardon the commercials that pre-empt each segment):

National Lemonade Days (June 7-9)
We mixed, we poured and now we’re searching for a cure. National Lemonade Days weekend was a resounding success once again with more than 1,500 stands held in 49 out of 50 states (and in Canada)! Funds raised are continuing to come in from the weekend, but we are confident we’ll hit, if not exceed, our goal. Stay tuned!

Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand (June 8)
The stand that started it all. Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand commemorates Alex Scott’s annual summertime lemonade stand and is held at the elementary school that Alex once attended. The simple stand has evolved into a day of family fun consisting of games, food, raffles, face painting, as well as a butterfly release to celebrate the lives of all children battling cancer or who have lost their lives to the disease. This year, actress Bailee Madison (Wizards of Waverly Place, Parental Guidance), attended the event posing for photos, signing autographs and spreading the good word of kids helping kids.

The Great Chefs Event (June 12)

Pork belly Tacos, Griddled Corn Cakes with Crab and Corn Nuts, Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon Butterscotch drizzled on top – these were just a few of the delicious dishes at the 8th Annual Great Chefs Event on June 8. Benefiting both ALSF and the Vetri Foundation for Children, the sold out foodie event raised nearly $1.1 million and satiated the appetites of everyone in attendance. Best quote of the night? Liz Scott, “We can finish what Alex started and win the fight against childhood cancer.” 
It's of the busiest (and best) weeks of the year for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! We kick it off with the CBS Phone Bank on Thursday, June 6 (tune in to watch or donate online at, National Lemonade Days is June 7-9 (hundreds of stands are being held coast to coast) and Alex's "Original" Lemonade Stand, commemorating Alex's annual summertime lemonade stand at the school she once attended, is June 8.

The funds raised from this week alone will help to support a number of pediatric cancer research projects looking for better treatments and cures for all children with cancer. A great feature on "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday, Sunday, June 2, detailed how the story of our founder Alex has come full circle as research funded by ALSF is leading to lifesaving cures. Missed it? Watch it online and as you see stands popping up in your neighborhood this weekend (or anytime of the year), remember the impact that a simple glass of lemonade can have on a child with cancer.

This is the question that we've been posing as we gear up for the Million Mile Run in September - would you go the distance to find a cure? We think it's pretty safe to assume that any parent would go one million miles, and then some, for the well being of their child, so at ALSF - that's just what we're doing. Throughout the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we're going to complete 1 million miles to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. Watch the video below to learn more:

Does it sound a bit crazy? Perhaps, but when you break it down, we think we'll have no problem reaching our lofty goal. Check out the Million Mile Run Math:

10,000 individuals/teams x 100 miles = 1 million miles

While we're at it, let's do a little Million Mile Run Myth-busting:

Million Mile Myth #1: I need to run all of my miles.
Nope. You can run, walk or any combination of the two.

Million Mile Myth #2: I need to complete 100 miles in September, by myself.
No way. You can certainly participate as an individual with a goal to complete 100 miles by yourself, but you can also form a team of any size and collectively complete 100 miles. Just think, if you formed a team of 4 people and you each walked a mile during your lunch break, you would log 100 miles in no time!

Million Mile Myth #3: I'm living abroad so I can't participate. 
Wrong again. The Million Mile Run is open to anyone, anywhere and is actually the first worldwide event during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Did we mention that it's free to participate? We are encouraging everyone to fundraise - all funds raised will help to fund childhood cancer research projects - but it's not a requirement. You can even get an official 2013 Million Mile Run t-shirt for only $10.

Alex set a goal to raise $1 million through her lemonade stand, which sounded ambitious at the time, and she surpassed it before passing away at the age of 8. We can do this.

Join us! Form a team, set a goal, make a difference for kids with cancer.
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