Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Blog

“Our” month (September) is here – National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. As in past years, we’ll be blogging more than usual this month to bring you inspiring stories of hope made possible by your support, easy ways that you can spread awareness throughout the month and the why it's so important to join the fight. 

This week (and really every week) we’re all about our heroes. We refer to all children with cancer – those who have survived the disease, are still battling it or who have passed away – as our
Simply by sharing the video on Facebook, you not only help us spread awareness, but Northwestern Mutual will donate $2 to ALSF for each share up to $50,000. It doesn’t get easier to help us in the fight.

Looking for other ways to help spread awareness in September?

If you looked up the definition of laughter, you would find out that it is an expression of merriment or amusement. What you will not find in the pages of the dictionary is that laughter is good for you, that it has the ability to turn something negative into something positive and that it can bring people together. However, I subscribe to the notion that laughter has the power to do all of these things, and more. 

Here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, we deal with a very serious subject, and one that we couldn't be more serious about -- finding better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer. So what place does laughter have in that? While laughter might not be a medicine that will cure cancer, we think it's a pretty useful tool in strengthening our bond as we work toward cures. 

If you are familiar with the staff at ALSF, having met us in person, by following us on Facebook, or have come to call us your friends or even family members, you likely know that we are nothing if not hardworking. In fact deeming us hardworking is an understatement, finding cures for kids with cancer is the thing that we are most passionate about, that we are most dedicated to, and that we spend every waking moment thinking about. Sounds like an easy recipe for a burn out, doesn't it? Well, it could be, if it weren't for the role that laughter plays in our daily office lives. 

If you haven't figured this out by now (it's not much of a secret), I'm a bit of a prankster. Along with being the co-executive director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and a running enthusiast, my other hobby is laughing. It's true, I'm the one who can usually be found breaking up the seriousness in the office, which I find provides a bit of levity while we remain unbelievably dedicated to our work.

Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.

Here are a few examples of my most favorite pranks! 

1. Wrapping a new employee's car in Saran Wrap or toilet paper!

2. Finding old photos of staff members and posting them all over the office!

3. Letting people who are out of the office on vacation know how much they are missed.

So while laughter is not the best medicine, and it cannot cure cancer, it can help all of us get through some really difficult things and can be used as a tool to keeping us all sane. One day recently I was walking through the halls of our office and I heard giggling coming from the office of a brand new staff member and I thought to myself, she's going to fit right in here!

Can you remember the last time you laughed? Whether your answer is yes or no, I hope you'll watch this video and maybe it will brighten your day with a little laughter!

Originally posted on the Huffington Post's Impact Blog on August 12, 2013.

10 days…only 10 days until September 1 is upon us and the Million Mile Run begins! The excitement is palpable as individual and team registrations continue to pour in (pun intended) here at ALSF consisting of supporters of all ages who will log their miles and contribute to us collectively walking or running 1 million miles in one month. The event hasn’t even officially begun and already we’ve fulfilled one of our major goals – heightening the visibility of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A huge thank you to everyone who has registered so far and remember, it’s never too late to sign up – you can do so prior to September 1 or anytime throughout the month. Did we mention that it’s free to participate?

Not so excited about September 1 as it signifies the end of summer and return to school, schedules and perhaps reality? To help get you into the back to school spirit and everyone’s favorite subject - math - we wanted to share one participant’s advanced arithmetic for how they plan to not only raise awareness, but also funds for childhood cancer research during the Million Mile Run. Check out how Team Halton is asking folks to help out – pretty cool indeed: 

Math is really cool.
Especially this math:

I am 1 person.
I am asking you for 10 dollars.
I am looking for 100 sponsors while I walk 100 miles over the month of September.
Together for Team Halton that is 1000 dollars.
If 9999 other teams met this goal (10000 including me)
That will be $10,000,000 for childhood cancer.

Did you see that?

Math is cool.
What's not cool – pediatric cancer. We all know someone who has been touched by cancer and this is something so easy to do to make a real impact. 

Register for the Million Mile Run today!