The Heartbreak of Pediatric Cancer: Parents Share their Pictures and Stories

Alex's Lemonade Stand: A foundation with a vision and a hope for a cure

A truly inspirational organization, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is on a mission “to change the lives of children with cancer through funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families, and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.”

It all began with Alexandra “Alex” Scott, born to Jay and Liz Scott in January, 1996. Just before her first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer called neuroblastoma. She began her fight right away, and although things seemed promising at first, her tumors began to grow again.

Alex set up her first lemonade stand not long after her fourth birthday. She wanted to raise money for research so doctors could help other kids like her who were battling cancer. With a little help from her older brother, Alex managed to raise $2,000 for her pediatric hospital, and from then on, holding a lemonade stand for childhood cancer research became a yearly event for her and her family. Sadly, Alex passed away in 2004 when she was eight, but her parents wanted her legacy to live on, so they set up ALSF in 2005, and it’s been making strides towards a cure.

Photo: Alex's Lemonade Stand