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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) has been named Non-Profit Organization of the Year by The Chamber of Commerce For Greater Philadelphia. ALSF will proudly accept the award at the 37th Annual Excellence Awards reception on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
The Excellence Awards honor the Philadelphia region’s small to mid-size businesses in a variety of categories, celebrating the unique vision, innovation, achievement and positive impact that each organization brings to the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia area.
ALSF is honored to be recognized by and among peers for the commitment to supporting childhood cancer research and providing programs that assist families in the Philadelphia area, across the country and beyond. “We are humbled and excited to be acknowledged among such deserving organizations. We all work tirelessly to make a change,” said Liz Scott, co-executive director of ALSF and Alex’s mom. “This community is very close to our hearts as our daughter, Alex, was treated here and we still keep in touch with many of the doctors and nurses.”
The Non-Profit Excellence Award honors those that go above and beyond to benefit the Philadelphia community. Nominees must have between 1-100 employees, be able to provide four-full years of revenue, be a 501(c), demonstrate outstanding contributions to the community, show benefits of service and how they set the organization apart, provide quantitative results of initiative and spend at least 80% of budget on program expenses.
To date, ALSF has raised $200 million and funded 1,000 childhood cancer research projects at 135 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. ALSF provides much needed support to families with programs including Travel for Care, which helps make cutting-edge treatments available to children, as well as Super Sibs, fundraising campaigns and events.
About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $200 million so far, funding nearly 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.
About Childhood Cancer
Childhood cancer is a general term used to describe cancer in children occurring regularly, randomly and sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. Childhood cancer extends to over a dozen types of cancers and a countless amount of subtypes. Just a few of these cancer types include: Ewing sarcoma, glioma, leukemia, lymphoma, medulloblastoma, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilms’ tumor. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19. Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer, accounting for 91,250 losing their lives to the disease every year.