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Childhood cancer hero Lucy Littlefield poses near her lemonade stand.
 

Feeling a bit blue with all of the back to school commercials and Halloween costumes already making an appearance in stores? Hold on to the summer lemonade season by taking part in National Lemonade Day on August 20. To clarify – this day isn’t the same as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s National Lemonade Days, the weekend in June where supporters across the country hold lemonade stands to honor the time of year when Alex held her stand. That being said, we're on board with any day where we can celebrate our drink of choice and leverage it to help kids with cancer! Celebrate summer, National Lemonade Day and contribute to the fight against childhood cancer in August.

Have your own lemonade stand!  
We’ll send you a fundraising kit full of materials to help with your stand. Plus, you can whip up lemonade recipes from celebrity chefs! Alex Guarnaschelli and Melissa d’Arabian provided recipes for ALSF's National Lemonade Days, which are now available online

In addition to holding your own lemonade stand, an easy way to support the cause is to stop by one of our sponsors who are holding campaigns in August like the ones below:

 

 

 

Auntie Anne's: August 20-October 15
Auntie Anne's nationwide fundraiser kicks off on Aug. 20. Guests can purchase a $1 lemon icon, featuring a fun lemon joke and get a $1 off coupon for their next visit. Also, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 20-Sept. 26, stop by any store between 2 and 4pm for Happy Hour! Donate $1 and buy a 21 oz. soda or lemonade and get a FREE pretzel plus a $1 off coupon.

Applebee's Lemonade Toast: August 20
Toast to cures! Stop by participating Applebee's on August 20 at 7pm ET (CA and NV locations are toasting 4pm local time) to hear a message from Liz and Jay Scott and raise a complimentary glass of lemonade to finding cures for all childhood cancers.    


Colonial Candle: August 20
On National Lemonade Day, August 20, Colonial Candle will be giving 10% back to ALSF on the purchase of every candle on their website.



Red Robin: August 20
417 participating Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurants will hold lemonade stands and serve free samples of their signature Freckled Lemonade™ while collecting donations for ALSF on Aug. 20.


Teleflora: Now through September 30
Spread end of summer cheer by sending someone else flowers from Teleflora’s Sunny Day Pitcher Collection. 10% of online sales from this collection is donated to ALSF.

 

 

 

 


Walgreens: August 23-31
Participating Walgreens locations in NJ, PA, OH, MD and WV will be holding lemonade stands (Aug. 23-25) as well as selling paper lemons (Aug. 23-31). 


Williams-Sonoma: Ongoing
Williams-Sonoma is selling Alex's Lemonade Stand - lemonade concentrate with 20% of all proceeds benefiting ALSF. Purchase online and in stores!

 




Last week, more than 50 high school sophomores and juniors from across the country descended upon Villanova University not for a campus tour, but to learn key leadership skills and how to become ambassadors in their own communities for


But perhaps the highlight of the week was “Alex Idol”, a friendly competition for the students to share their ideas for integration of ALSF into their communities through a creative outlet. Although all of the ideas/performances were fantastic, we can’t stop singing the lemonade song that Alyssa Massarella and Nadia Colon performed below based on the song “Cups” that Anna Kendrick made popular in the movie "Pitch Perfect."


It’s pretty awesome and indicative of the immense talent of these incredible teens. We can’t wait to hear of the impact they make in their own communities. Kids helping kids...it's what we're all about. 





by Jay Scott

It was nine years ago today, August 1, that my daughter Alex passed away at just 8 ½ years old, after battling neuroblastoma nearly her entire life. We all miss Alex so much and with each passing year can only imagine the type of young woman she would have grown into. Not only was Alex clearly mature beyond her years as evidenced by her ambitious goal to cure childhood cancer, but she was always saying the types of things you’d expect from someone much older and wiser. One of my favorite “Alex-isms” evolved from a middle of the night trip to the Emergency Room.  

During Alex's 7 ½ year battle with cancer, one of the rules we implemented to keep our family life somewhat sane was that my wife Liz would spend days with Alex at the hospital (often times her brothers would join), and I would spend overnights there. This allowed me to continue to work to support the family, though I know in reality Liz had the harder job. Often times I was able to sleep during the 200-300 nights that Alex spent in the hospital, but Liz was there during the day when Alex was receiving treatment, or being transfused, and she perhaps had the better view into what Alex endured during treatment. 

Over the years there were many nights spent sleeping in the hospital when Alex was admitted as an inpatient, but there were also many visits to the Emergency Room that fell within my duties on the night shift. We would go to the ER for things like fevers, nose bleeds, and, very rarely, even a seizure. It was during a particularly bad week that we found ourselves making multiple trips to the ER in the middle of the night for nose bleeds that would not stop. These nose bleeds were very serious, especially to a child battling neuroblastoma. Alex had very low platelets during this time, and if her nose bleeds would not stop, she could literally bleed to death. 

I can very vividly remember one of these trips to the ER on what was an unusually warm spring night. We put Alex in the back seat of the car and buckled her in to drive through the slight fog lining the road. Alex was content with a box of tissues, holding several to her nose in an attempt to stop the continuous deluge. 

As I was backing out of the driveway, I turned to Alex and said, "Alex, I am so sorry."

I can remember her looking back at me and saying simply, "For what?"

I responded, "For this, and for everything you have to go through."

It was without hesitation that she replied, "If there is one thing you should know about me by now, it's that I am grateful for the things that I do have, not unhappy for what I don't."

She would go on to talk about how she doesn't worry about the things she doesn't have, instead everyone should be thankful for what they do have. It was then that I felt a lump in my throat and tears began to fill my eyes. I think this was partly due to how proud I was of her at that moment, but even more than that, I was being taught an amazing lesson from my daughter who had battled cancer for nearly her entire life. Not only had Alex been battling all of this time, but she had also been paralyzed from the waist down by a surgery she had on her first birthday. She had learned how to walk without sensation in her legs, only further evidence of the character that she possessed. If that wasn't enough, she was a child that left an enduring legacy through her front yard lemonade stand, beginning a national movement to help find the cures for kids' cancer that she would never see.

The words of wisdom had come from my daughter, Alex, a child, who when dying from a cancer that was overtaking her body, saw the good in life. She was grateful to live the 8 ½ years that she had, and she did so with grace, courage and determination, and with the dream of helping others. I learned so much from Alex, and am eternally grateful for those years that I did have with her. I continue to hold her close now, and follow in her footsteps to better treatments and cures.

We won't let you down Alex.


 Originally posted on the Huffington Post Impact Blog.
 

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