16 years ago today, eight year old Alexandra Scott died.
Or did she?
Even though her physical form passed from this earth that day, she continues to help and inspire countless others.
When Alex was about to turn one year old, she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer. The Doctors told her parents that even if she beat the cancer, she would never walk.
By her second birthday, with the aid of braces, she was able to stand and walk.
Unfortunately, the cancer came back. Around her fourth birthday, Alex received a stem cell transplant. She told her parents when she got out of the hospital, she wanted to have a lemonade stand so she could raise money to give to the Doctors.
“So they can help other kids, like they helped me.”
With the help of her older brother, she opened her first lemonade stand that summer, and raised $2000 for”her hospital” in Philadelphia.
Alex’s story spread all over the world, prompting people to open their own lemonade stands and donate the money and donate the money to Alex and her efforts.
When Alex passed away, she had raised over a million dollars to fight the disease that took her life.
Now, 16 years later, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is thriving. It has raised nearly $200 million dollars in the fight against children’s cancer. There are over 1000 events including many road races and research conferences held throughout the year.
Today, for the 16th year, “Lemonade Days” begins with a week of events to honor Alex and raise money for her cause.
“May the song live on long after we do”- Third Eye Blind
Learn more about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation at https://www.alexslemonade.org
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